Rev. Jim McChesney
"Every single hour since the middle of the first century, somewhere in the world people have taken bread and broken it, calling it the body of Christ, and have given it to one another to remember Christ. They have used roughly the same words and told the same story in hundreds of languages. When we break the bread we join a company of people that extends around the entire world as well back in history, forward into the future, and upward into eternity. Even though we repeat it a million times, we will never fully comprehend its meaning and impact. It is a mystery."
Bishop Robert Schnase
Why this statement in Advent? Besides being a mystery, is it a surprise? Two thousand years of basically the same story, the same activity?
A suggestion. The meal we share in, called Holy Communion, is a drama that recounts the purpose of God that begins in a manger. It is the unbelievable event in which the immeasurable love of God came into the world in human form to show us what God's love can do. Every time we share in Communion we share again in this act of love. Now, I think that is a wonderful surprise; one which can too easily slip by us. May we hear again the good news, "I bring you tidings of great joy for to you is born this day in the city of David a savior who is Christ the Lord." A miraculous surprise!