The Weight of Holy Communion

Matthew 26:26-28

You’ve probably watched before, like I have, a little toddler go to the ground to pick up something small only to be surprised at the weight of that little object. Their eyes were fooled. They thought it would be light and easy to pick up only to have their own body kind of pulled back down toward it because of the weight.

As the church gathers to receive the body and blood, the real son of God, we sort of experience something similar. What our eyes see is very lightweight wafers and a very insignificant amount of wine and yet what we hear with our ears is what Jesus himself says as he gives this meal to his church.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples. He said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you, for this is my blood of the new testament, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28)

Our eyes tell us there’s something insignificant here, but the weight doesn’t come from our eyes, or what we see, or perceive, it comes from Jesus own words. This bread is my body, this wine is my blood, there is weight here and it comes from Jesus weighty words given to these elements.

And the weight there is not to hold the altar down or to make sure that the white linens don’t blow away from the ceiling fans, rather the weight, Jesus, his real body and real blood are there so that the Lamb, who was given to the cross for the forgiveness of the world’s sins, is delivered very personally to you that all of your sins dear Christian might be forgiven, taken away from you in the Lamb of God. What a gracious weight that is, amen.

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