March 3rd: Sacrifice

img_0375When I think of the word sacrifice, Communion comes to mind. I am reminded that it is a holy living sacrifice. Every time we partake in Communion we are reminded of its significance by these words in the liturgy “And so, on the night in which he gave himself up for us, Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.”

Jesus made this sacrifice of being betrayed by one of his own disciples and dying on the cross for us so that we might have eternal life. Yet Jesus’s death is not the end of the story but, rather just the beginning. Yes, the body of Christ is broken but, God’s love is poured open to make us new.

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