November 2, 2014
Matthew 5:1-12
1 John 3:1-3
Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22

Taking Time to Love



from the book
FINGERPRINTS ON THE CHALICE
Contemporary Communion Meditations


STEVEN E. BURT



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Describing Communion may be like describing the taste of a mango. It's different for everyone. When I try to reduce it to words, I'm limited to poetry or comparisions -- describing what it's like, not what it is. But somehow I come back to the idea that it's a time when my spirit and God's touch, and we take time out to love.


1 Corinthians 11:23-26 is about a meal. It didn't take place in Rome, the focal point of the world at that time. It took place in Jerusalem, a city of captivity which would be destroyed forty years after the meal.


And the meal didn't take place in a palace or an inaugural ballroom. It happened in the upper room of a house of which we don't know the owner, the condition, or the location. Of the thirteen people present, only one had any sort of reputation, ...

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