Last Sunday, all four gospels gave us four stories of the anointing unnamed woman, four variations on a theme. This Sunday, we have five variations of Jesus’ last meal with the disciples, the Last Supper. The Synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark, and Luke have the same emphasis as does Paul: Jesus gives thanks, breaks the bread, distributes it, and tells his followers that the bread is his body. Then he takes the cup and proclaims it the covenant in his blood. In John’s Last Supper story, Jesus does not speak of the bread and the wine as his blood and body as he had already done that in John chapter 6 but he washes the feet of his disciples.
Jesus risks misunderstanding, for his disciples cannot accept the fact that Jesus must die, despite his several predictions of his Passion. When we participate in the Lord’s Supper today, do we understand Jesus’ sacrificial language as we eat his body and drink the cup of the blood? Judas is at the table. The disciples are arguing over who would be the greatest among them. Jesus speaks the language of giving up his life for them and he wants that to be remembered. Do they understand this shocking language? Jesus is taking a risk, the risk of loss of friends. We are getting closer to the Holy Week. Come join us. Let’s listen to Jesus’ story at the Last Supper.
During the Lenten season, we are creating sacred space and time to be still before God in worship. Online community, please create your own altar or a prayer station at home. No words needed at the prayer stations. Come and be still. Quiet, still, be, let our God love you.
Please send your prayers and gratitude to Pastor Sunae via email by Saturday morning and she will lift up your prayer and gratitude as we pray together as a church.
Come as you are! Come and let us worship God together.