Is The Lord’s Supper Exclusive or Inclusive…
When I think about the Lord’s Supper, and who is invited to partake of the elements, my mind immediately goes back to lunch time during grade school. I think about the popular table that only the jocks and cheerleaders were allowed to sit at, and I wonder if we have done this with the Lord’s Supper.
Have we excluded certain people because they were not baptized, or they were too young, or we felt they did not deserve it.
Until recently I thought only certain people should eat of the elements. I believed you had to know exactly who you were digesting and why you were eating Jesus’s blood and body.
In Awe Of The Lord’s Supper…
And then I read Sara Miles book Take this Bread, and was in awe of the transformation that took place within a women who had no religious affiliation or background but was curious enough to enter a church where they invited all to the Lord’s Table.
She described her first communion as her eyes being open to a hunger she did not realize she had but so desperately wanted to be filled, and so she kept coming back; to partake of the Lord’s body with the body of Christ.
I don’t know if anyone could fully describe what happened to her as she ate the bread and drank the cup but that is the great mystery, how one man’s broken body could lead to our wholeness.