By Father Casey
This Sunday, on the Day of Pentecost, we will share the Eucharist as a whole church for the first time in over two months. It is a huge logistical effort, as we’ll be sending out over 50 volunteers to over 200 homes in over 50 zip codes around the Metroplex with communion for nearly 500.
If you did not receive an email from me (sent on Thursday through Realm) with information about Sunday, that almost certainly means we don’t know you desire to receive the Sacrament. If you didn’t receive that email, but are sure you registered, I encourage you to contact Lana Mederos to check. But, if you have not received that email from me, it is probable that you are not included in our distribution list.
The good news is that we have blessed extra bread and wine. So, if you are not registered but desire to share in this sacred meal on Sunday with your church, you may come by the church between 1:00-1:30 to pick up a packet containing the Sacrament. That way, you can join us at 5:00 p.m. for the conclusion of the service and receive the Eucharist with your sisters and brothers in Christ, gathered around home altars all over our area. We want everyone who desires to receive to have the opportunity, for I think many of us are ready to satisfy that deep, gnawing hunger for the holy nourishment of God.
Now, I realize that to some, what we will share together as a church this weekend seems inconsequential. What’s a little bread and wine, after all, when the world seems to be unraveling?
When the pandemic continues to ravage our world, and the death toll in our country climbs over 100,000;
When 40 million people are now out of work, just in our country, and billions more around the world are sliding into desperate poverty;
When racism once again shows its insidious influence on our nation, including in law enforcement;
When anger over injustice turns destructive, and when retributive violence is glorified by our leaders.
Yes, there is so much to lament in our world right now, so many problems and crises. The forces of sin and evil are flexing their muscle. But we must remember that those forces are not strong enough to win. What we see right now is not what will always be, and God will bring all things to their good and perfect end. We may not be able to imagine that end yet, and it may happen according to a timeframe much longer than we would like, but the promises of God are trustworthy.
One of my favorites passages in The Book of Common Prayer occurs near the end of Eucharistic Prayer C. “Lord God…open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name (p 372).”
I get that it could seem like just a little bread and wine, but it carries in it the potency of the One whose Body it conveys. And when we eat this small meal, we rejoin the limitless movement of Christ in the world. He is big enough for this and every moment. He is strong enough to overcome every evil force. He is just enough to see every wrong righted. He is wise enough to find solutions to every problem. He is loving enough to not give up on us.
And the same Spirit that he breathed upon the disciples – which transformed them from a dejected group hiding in fear into a bold group who ventured the world with hope – is available to us today, too. The story of Pentecost, which we will hear again on Sunday, is not a fairy tale. It is the story of how God turns people just like us into the solution for moments just like this.
So even as you share in the Sacrament on Sunday, friends, breathe deeply, and draw into your lungs and into your soul the fiery power of God. For with his Body to nourish us, and the Spirit to inspire us, even in this anxious and difficult moment, we can worthily serve the world in Christ’s name.