Daily Devotion Thursday, August 29

Thursday, August 29, 2013 – Psalm 42; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44 and Mark 14:12-26

Mark 14:12-26 – 22While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

This coming Sunday is a communion Sunday at Community Presbyterian Church. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of the month and special occasions. It’s good to prepare ourselves for this celebration. So, today imagine that you are with Jesus and you hear your Lord say; “Take, this is my body.” And then “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many”, poured out for you.

Something I believe about the time when Jesus first celebrated this feast is that at the feast were the twelve and some women, all who had been close to him through his ministry. Nowhere is it recorded that the women were with him, yet it is known that families gathered together to eat the Passover meal, the meal they had set down to eat. So, my sense is women were at table with Jesus as well.

Jesus’ body was broken for you, for me, for all. Jesus shed his blood for you, for me, for all. Focus upon this gift and prepare yourself to celebrate anew this feast we celebrate to remember all God did and does for us through the Christ.

Psalm 42 is one that I go to when especially troubled. I love how it begins;  

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
    the face of God?

and twice it says;

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help  and my God.

Jesus’ death disquiets my soul, almost any death does. Yet it is Jesus’ death which is the answer for all death, for his dying for our sins gives us the hope we need for living and for dying.

O God, thanks be to you for your Son, Jesus Christ who sat down with disciples and broke bread and shared the cup. Help us focus upon his living and his dying, that we might learn the keys to our living and to our dying. Help us begin even today to prepare to celebrate Holy Communion this coming Sunday and as the opportunity allows. Amen.

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