Retelling the Story
In Jesus’ death and resurrection, he began the restoration of creation, a renewal that continues until the final unveiling of the dominion of God.
Communion is the memorial of Jesus’ death and resurrection, celebrating restored creation and anticipating the fullness of the Kingdom.
What we’re engaging is a symbol. But it’s more than that.
The bread and the wine are tangible, visceral objects that root our memory in the substantial.
In a sense, we’re celebrating the restoration of creation, by prayerfully eating and drinking from it.
In the elements, we’re bringing together creation, the Kingdom of God, and the Church.
Symbol and reality become one.
Showing his insights on all of this, the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:23b-26:
“The same night in which Jesus was handed over, he took bread and gave thanks. Then he distributed it to the disciples and said, ‘Take it and eat your fill. It is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.’”
“He did the same with the cup of wine after supper and said, ‘This cup seals the new covenant with my blood. Drink it—and whenever you drink this, do it to remember me.’”
“Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are retelling the story, proclaiming our Lord’s death until he comes.”
In the midst of confusion and questions, we should be continually retelling the story? We need to think about what it means to envision the wonder.