Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | August 10, 2015

Coming to the Table As a Family

What really matters at the end of the day….

There is often a lot of talk about the Holy Eucharist being a family meal for the Body of Christ. Although we may have changed somewhat since the days when communion was served during a meal, we still celebrate the one bread and one cup they we receive from with joy.

The Church is a family, as we all share the common brother and sisterhood of Christ through our baptisms. However, we have our fights at times, and sometimes those fights can get ugly.

There isn’t any single Christian group that’s been free from divisions or ungracious behavior. Episcopalians are no exception in that regard!

Yet, when we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, the altar rail should be that one place where those differences don’t matter. We have all been called into relationship with the one Redeemer of us all.

Every time things change, there will be hurt people who feel we went too far or not far enough. This is true of both denomination-wide issues and little things that affect people only at the parish level.

Let’s keep this in mind the next time the Blessed Sacrament is shared. We should also pray for those struggling with theological differences, that we may be lead to a place where we can honor each other and serve the broader world.

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