Three young men, boys really, but mature for their age. These three each expressed a desire to know more about the Sacrament of the Altar, although that is not what they called it. They wanted to know why others who are older than them receive the bread and the wine yet they could not. It was a good question, one this pastor was waiting to hear. And so the conversation began.
It wasn’t long ago that I wrote about a child receiving her first communion. Here again, the process repeats itself for the sake of others who come to the table in need of grace. God so freely imparts his love and forgiveness upon those who make the confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. God so generously feeds those who hunger for his righteousness and pours out his cup of blessing for those thirsty for redemption. Christ’s body and blood, given by our Lord’s command under the elements of bread and wine, this is the feast of victory for our God, the feast prepared for you.
Three young men, these boys, will each have the bread of life placed within their hands today. They come to the table with their questions answered. That which they desired is theirs, for in the receiving this bread and wine they realize the benefits of this meal, given and shed for you.
Holy God, we thank you for the gift of faith, that we may receive our Lord Jesus with joyful hearts. Amen.