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Today’s Reflection

The Last Supper: Holy Self-Giving

IN THE PASSOVER MEAL we have come to call the Last Supper, Jesus chooses to share himself – his very body and blood – with his dearest friends. Christ gives not only bread and wine to his disciples present in that moment, but he also gives them a ritual of remembrance. The thought of leaving his friends, men to whom he felt close and with whom he had formed a community, must have grieved him. It makes sense that he wanted to give them a way to remember him so they would not feel so alone without him.

His intimate, self-giving gesture meant they had something to hold on to, something they could touch and taste, something to keep Christ close. In the Last Supper, Jesus gives the gift of himself not only in that moment but for all generations to come, promising his intimate presence to all who reenact this supper.

We can mimic Christ’s gift by giving of ourselves. The farther we progress in spiritual growth and awareness, the more we become able and willing to give. The Last Supper teaches us the sacredness of our own increasing capacity to give.

– Sarah Parsons
A Clearing Season

From pages 80-81 of A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent by Sarah Parsons. Copyright © 2005 by Sarah Parsons. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What does the Last Supper teach you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26, NRSV

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  • Jill April 13, 2017, 3:33 am

    The actions of Jesus at the Last Supper encourage me to consider and re-consider submission. Are my attempts at submission merely a fraction of what they should/could be? Am I proud of myself with my notion of submission? I must sit with this a while in prayer.

  • Rusty April 13, 2017, 6:00 am

    Jill, thank you. Your comment touched me deeply.

    The Last Supper – and especially the extended discourse revealed in John’s Gospel – show me that things are often not what they seem to be. The disciples knew Jesus well, yet they did not know him. They thought they understood what he was saying, but they did not understand. This is a lesson for me. I must continually surrender to Jesus or I will miss what is is saying to me. My self will take over and perturb the whole thing. I will think I’ve heard him, but in fact I’ve only listened to me.

    Lord, I am grateful for the lessons of surrender you have taught me this year. I have so far still to go on that path, but with you all things are possible.

  • Julie April 13, 2017, 7:47 am

    Thank you Jill and Rusty – I learn so much from reading your posts each day. Today’s heartfelt confessions have touched me deeply and I will rhink and pray about them today and for day’s to come
    thank you for your stark honesty
    God’s blessings to all

  • robert moeller April 13, 2017, 3:57 pm

    Remembrance and connection come to mind for me. We have in communion a connection to Jesus that is physical. As humans that is helpful.

    Submission and understanding come from this simple connection and memorial. Yes, I am thankful for the wisdom that has been given to us through today’s posts.

    For me Maundy Thursday ia the day when Christianity is born as Jewish Passover becomes a Christian sacrament.

    Thankful for recovery from a small stomach bug, slow but steady renewal after Tuesday’s insulation project, and peaceful and good news on a way to help Erich. That the house is back on the market is a tremendous blessing.
    Thank You, Lord.

    Very thankful to have a Maundy Thursday service at church tonight.

    Prayers for all of you as we witness the passion of Jesus. On top of the physical punishment Jesus endured, He carried the sins of the world to
    death and redeemed us. Thank You, Lord.

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