com·mun·ion [kəˈmyo͞onyən]

1. the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level
2. the service of Christian worship at which bread and wine are consecrated and shared

There are so many ways to think about communion on a day like today. The communion we are lacking due to the confinements of our counties and states due to COVID-19; the communion we are intentionally building through online gatherings, email, text, video messaging and handwritten letters; and the communion we are celebrating as we remember the Last Supper and the sacrifice Christ made for each of us.

Do this in remembrance of me…

I’d be lying if I denied how my heart longs to sit down over a meal with good friends, to talk and laugh, without a care for germs and illness. I want to hug and squeeze a good friend, offer a hand of help to an elderly neighbor or just feel free to push my nephews on the swings. And I will do all of this again, after all, this is all part of our humanity and who God created us to be. But today I will stay home.

Do this in remembrance of me…

I am not alone. Amid this pandemic, God has brought new and closer relationships into my life. Through Zoom “meetings” and Google Hangouts I am enjoying sharing my at-home life with friends old and new, often connecting more now than when we could meet in person.

Do this in remembrance of me…

But most importantly, today we celebrate God-made-man in Jesus and His sacrifice for us. We take communion at church each Sunday. We pray and we remember. As we head into Easter weekend with Good Friday tomorrow, let’s stop and remember that night. The dinner with His closest friends and confidants, His betrayal and His arrest. And during all that, and perhaps because of all that, He reminds His disciples (and us), to remember.

Do this in remembrance of me

We aren’t called to remember just the events of that night, but we are called to remember Him. Our Jesus, our Savior, our Lord; who’s body was broken, who’s blood was poured out. He took on flesh, He took on sin, He died on the cross to have communion with us forever.

Do this in remembrance of me…           

Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (I Corinthians 11:23-26)