“Do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22: 19
For some Christians denominations, the first Sunday in October has been designated World Communion Sunday. It was meant to foster Christian unity and our shared values and mission as followers of Jesus. Communion, Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, these are all names for the meal that Christians share together with bread and wine. We eat and drink in remembrance, thanksgiving, and celebration of the sacrifice and gift of new life offered by God through Jesus Christ.
In the unusual and challenging days of this pandemic, it is not safe for us to share this meal together like we used to as we gather in our places of worship. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t remember, give thanks, and celebrate that people throughout the world all share a common hope, peace, and love found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We are encouraged and strengthened in our faith when we experience the sacred unity of believers across cities, countries, and continents. Thanks be to God.