On the cooking show “Top Chef” there was a contestant who liked to say that she always added love as one of her ingredients. What she meant was that her food was more than just cooked meats and vegetables. Her meals were more than just tasty edibles. What she made she created with the intention of pleasing the one who ate, of providing healthy and nutritious food for them.
The psalmist talks about what the Lord gives to us. What did God put in his mouth? How does this help others?
Taking part in Holy Communion involves more than simply eating bread and drinking wine or juice. Communion transforms these ordinary elements into something so much more.
In Communion we are celebrating the sacrifice of Jesus. We are celebrating love from God. We are being nourished not in body but in our souls. That which we are taking in is more than just bread and drink, but the love and grace of our God.
We receive more than simple foods in Communion. We receive a new spirit. We receive all over again the forgiveness and strengthening grace of God. And that should put a new song in our mouths as well.
Communion should be a time when we offer up a new hymn of praise and gratitude to the Lord. We should celebrate with Him all the love that is being shared. We should praise God for the new life, the new attitude we are given by sharing this meal with Jesus.
In this sacrament we are communing with the very spirit of Jesus. We are sharing a time together with the Holy Spirit of God. And this is a reminder that Jesus is entering into our lives and hearts to give us new hope in all that we do.
And with this new song and new spirit in us we can show God’s love to others so that they may also come to believe and accept.
DAILY CHALLENGE: How can you welcome the new song God will give you?