Every time the bread is broken or the cup is lifted, we celebrate and we hope. During the supper Jesus took the bread and he broke it and said the words that were never said before he redefined the passover meal in this very moment when he said, “This is my body…broken for you.”
Then, after the supper he took the cup and from the heart of our tradition added the words, “This is the cup of the new covenant in my blood: poured out for many.”
And he said, “I will never drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
But that was not the most shocking thing he said that night, actually it is not terribly shocking if I took to heart all that he was teaching us from the time we started on our journey together.
He said “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
A new commandment? This goes against all that we have learned from Jesus — we followed the commandments, we kept the law, we were good disciples.
But as I think back to all the times that Jesus stopped to help someone else. When I think back to the stories that he told, about a good samaritan helping someone he was not expected to help, because he had love for the other person. It started to sink in — Jesus’ message started to become real.
But I was not ready to let Jesus go, I was going to stay by his side and defend him even to my death. He has helped and saved so many people, so I am going to help and be with him.
But I wasn’t there when he needed me the most. And he died…..