“Receive The Lord’s Supper With Awe!”
My home pastor once invited a fraternal worker to administer the Lord’s Supper in my home congregation. This fraternal worker was with his about three year old son. While administering the Sacrament the child wanted it so much that the father gave him a wafer and the child ate.
In one of my congregations a lady came to me in tears on a monday morning with her thirteen year old daughter. She told me how the unbaptised daughter had received Holy Communion the previous day.
Once I had a retreat with the Tribute Sisters which ended with Holy Communion. During lunch I blessed the food and drink using the liturgy of Holy Communion, after which we ate and drank.
Once we have become used to the way the Lord’s Supper is celebrated today, we would raise all kinds of criticisms and objections to what happened in the three stories above.
While for one unjustifiable reason or the other we have denied some this love meal of grace, we cannot establish with certainty that the early believers eliminated some people from this meal for any reason whatsoever.
In the early church the Lord’s Supper was celebrated with food and drinks. It was gradually reduced to what we have today as a result of gluttony and discrimination
People who arrived early went ahead to eat without waiting for anybody else. While some remained hungry, some got drunk as if they didn’t have homes to eat and drink. In a way that was despising the church of God and it humiliated those who had nothing. Such behaviour and attitude did not and does not deserve praise from anybody because it discriminates against the “have nots” (cf. Jm.2:3-4).
Church meetings should not do more harm than good. When believers come together as a church there should be no divisions. Divisions in the body of Christ cannot suddenly disappear because people have shared in the common meal.
The Lord’s Supper is a love meal. We should not harbour differences when we come to share in it. However, such differences have its benefits in that it shows those who “have God’s approval” (I Cor.11:17-22).
Jesus Christ our Lord remains the church’s one foundation even though it is fragmented and rent asunder with schisms. In our fragmentation we should learn to break bread together and share everything in common according to each person’s needs. Those who have should not humiliate “those who have nothing!”
Prayer: Lord help me that whenever we share in fellowship I should be considerate of others. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!