On Sunday, we will celebrate Holy Communion. It is a reminder to us all how much grace we have been given, well above and beyond what is owed. None of us earned this love, paid for it, or even anticipated it. This grace is given freely and beyond measure, simply out of God's nature. Grace is found in moments where we experience God's individual attention, in ways that we know we are truly loved. Or times where we are in the majesty of creation that is truly inspiring. Or moments when God knows we need a respite and rest arrives. Being in communion with God is beyond magical, it is grace-filled. And in our discipleship it is simply immeasurable.
But our everyday human relationships are not often filled with such grace are they? They are more complicated, messy and even difficult. Feelings have been hurt, history has been made, and patterns have been formed in our everyday interactions. It is more difficult to see grace in those situations because we expect history to repeat itself, we close ourselves off for self-protection, and sometimes we even anticipate the worst of others in our desire to control. But I wonder if something might happen for us in the Eucharist that is grace-filled.
In our passage for this Sunday, Mark 14:22-25, we hear that Jesus blessed the bread and cup and they all shared. How is it that when the disciples shared of this bread and cup, it changed them? What did it make them more aware of? Did God's grace become evident to them in that moment or as they reflected on the significance of these words later on, how it had simply been "given" to them? Perhaps in that giving of grace, it made them more willing to give in their discipleship as well. Perhaps it might do so for us as well. May we all be so filled with the immeasurable grace of God that we share it as disciples.
Be a blessing,