Everyday communion

I was meeting with a couple of friends just to hang out and be present to each other, attentive to what we are hearing through and in our conversation together.  Often, transformation is a result of people listening and speaking authentically and transparently to each other with no agenda.

In the conversation, communion came up as something that was going to be a part of the upcoming Sunday church service. I expressed at that moment that communion was happening already between the three of us as we attempted to respect each other, eat and drink together, and encourage each other. I have found that the sacraments more authentically happen outside of the church walls than they do inside them. We find ourselves eating together with people that we care about, and in the midst of those moments, we find ourselves changing into more caring, loving, transformed people because we come to those moments with no pretense.

In church, we mask who we are in our brokenness and beauty because we don’t want people to know how we don’t measure up or how we have fallen short of all of the expectations that we have for ourselves and of all of what we think God expects of us. Communion as a small cup of juice and a little piece of bread but devoid of the radical destruction of hierarchy in foot-washing and the call of Jesus to be more human, to be more of who God created us to be, is missing the whole point of Jesus eating and drinking with his disciples. Jesus is getting at the transformative power of sitting around the table together, as equals, eating and drinking together, enjoying the presence of the other people in the room and only being attentive to them. We like to cloak the experience in spiritual language about the body and blood of Christ, but we must get past the smoke and mirrors of our church traditions and work toward a more authentic worship that invites the Spirit into our daily experience of communion.

With that, who do you do communion with? Who are you eating and drinking with on a regular basis? Are there people that you would rather be eating and drinking with? When you eat and drink, is everyone included and welcomed, or are certain people left out? How do you know who is not fit?


~ by randallkoehler on April 17, 2017.

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