Famed modern theologian Karl Barth nicely sets the tone for celebrations of the Lord's Supper and of its first celebration in the Last Supper:
The Lord's Supper ought to be more firmly regarded from the Easter standpoint than is generally the case. It is not primarily a mourning or funeral meal, but the anticipation of the marriage of the Lamb. The Supper is a joyous meal: the eating of his Jesus Christ's flesh and the drinking of his blood is meat and drink unto life eternal in the midst of our life. We are guests at his table and so no longer separated from himself.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
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The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.