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Friday, October 7, 2016

Breaking Bread, Sharing Thoughts


Communion: The sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.”
(Internet Dictionary)

Most of us think of communion as the Christian tradition of breaking bread and sharing wine, as Jesus did with his disciples during their final meal together. The Eucharist, as it is called in church doctrine. We can get very legalistic about who is eligible to take communion and who is not. Some churches serve only to members, some only to the “confessed and saved.” I once attended a wedding in which the groom himself was given a wafer that had not been consecrated and was marked with an x, because he was marrying outside the faith. Seriously. What that had to do with Jesus, I can't say since the most scandalous behavior on Jesus' part was touching and eating with “unclean” people. He maintained an open table for anyone present—including tax collectors, prostitutes and mad men. Think loaves and fishes here—who knows who may have been in that crowd!

Communion also happens on a grander scale for Christians, members of other religions, and even non-believers. It happens any time we open ourselves to someone else—unguarded and uncensored. When we speak from the heart, when we share our story, when we listen and respond with genuine interest and compassion. We offer a little piece of our body, and a little drop of our blood any time we connect with another human being with our whole self. Communion of this sort is truly food for the soul.

                                                            In the Spirit,


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