Communion as a Meal
“Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared.” -Jesse Browner
Growing up Episcopal I served as an altar boy and helped the priest prepare for communion. These days I attend a church that treats communion in a way similar to the Episcopals where folks line up with hands outstretched for a taste of the wine and bread.
It is difficult for me to see such sacramental expressions as a meaningful representation of the Last Supper. The images of people standing in line seems to lack of the heart and soul of what it means to commune with God and with each other. On the flip-side, I so enjoy the meals that I so often share with friends and family. My thinking is that these meals are what Jesus had in mind when he told his disciples to do this (i.e. share a meal together) in remembrance of me.