Here are some of my thoughts from leading at the table last Sunday, beginning with one short verse that takes place at the paschal meal, possibly at the end when the hidden matzoh is brought out to close the meal, and Jesus hands it to someone close to Him:
"As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him." John 13:27
That's a peculiar thing to read at the Lord's table, isn't it?
My point is that there's no magic in the matzoh.
There's no wizardry in the wine.
There's no "hocus pocus" in the phrase hoc est corpus - "This is the body."
There's no intrinsic protection from the Evil One in the emblems. Like Judas, who took the bread and went out the door a couple of verses later in John, we can take this bread and walk out the doors and betray our Lord any number of ways this week.
We can choose to be changed. We can become what we eat. "You are what you eat;" that's the saying. We can become the Body of Christ. We can be living witnesses this week to His brutal crucifixion, His entombment until the third day, His glorious resurrection that guarantees our own - just as we are when we share this meal; when we dine on the divine.
I appreciate your prayers this week while I'm listening for what the Lord intends in my life.