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The Meaning of Holy Communion

2017-09-17 21:39
Pastor’s letter (691) Sep. 17th 2017

The Meaning of Holy Communion

Jesus said, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him” (John 6: 53-56). The Lord who said this is also seeing how we participate in communion today.

People’s happiness depends on the quality of their relationships. We are happy if we are in good relationships with God, ourselves and with others. On the other hand we are unhappy if we have bad relationships. The most important of all these relationships is the relationship with God who created us. This is because God controls our lives and deaths. God comforts the lonely person. He gives strength to the weak. God gives joy to those without joy. If you lack wisdom, He will give you wisdom. He sends the Holy Spirit to those who desire the Holy Spirit. He forgives those who repent of their sins. He gives peace to an unstable person and gives him power to become a child of God. Therefore, all human beings depend on God's will. God has given man life and freedom. In that freedom, when we decide what to do and how to live, we must find God's will. Whether I want it or not, my relationship with God is eternal. The state of being away from God is hell, and the state of being close to God is heaven.

When autumn comes the leaves fall. But when spring comes buds sprout and the flowers bloom. Spring is coming to those who have Jesus in their heart. It is creating an unchanging love relationship with God, who does not ever change. Our problem is that we are dying, and the signal is sickness and illness. The Lord has made a wonderful plan for us, that we may live again in the kingdom of the Lord. Communion service is a ceremony in which we accept this Lord's love with joy. It is also a pledge we make to join in the wonderful plan of the Lord. Participation in the sacrament means to give ourselves to Jesus who saved us and gave us eternal life. It means that the Lord will be your shepherd and guide you in the way of salvation. It also means thanking God for his extravagant love. It means that we are sinners and now are delighted to be children of God. To confirm the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus, who was shed his blood on the cross and died, communion is a holy ritual that we are one. It is a sacred ceremony between us Christians, who live in the natural and Jesus, who died on the cross for us.

Just as food comes into our bodies and becomes flesh, blood, and energy, we eat the faith and grace of the Lord. By faith, the Lord comes into our hearts, and we live in the Lord. It's a mystery. People who participate in communion become siblings of one another. We are God's children, one family. Even if a family member wears only panties and runs around crazily, the family does not speak ill of this person. Family accepts and embraces every aspect of each member. Forgiving any faults or wrongs is family. The reason we could be forgiven by God is not that we have any sincerity or holiness, but because of the sacrifice of Jesus who endured the pain of tearing flesh and pouring blood on the cross. Let’s join in thanks for the love of Jesus whose precious body of the saint was forsaken for me.

- Holy Communion Service Liturgist,
Ki Beom Lee