The Sacrament: It’s Personal

“The Last Supper” by Simon Dewey

A significant downside to being on pregnancy bed rest is having to stay home from church every week. Although I miss listening to talks/lessons and fellowshipping with the other members, I also miss the most important part of attending church: partaking of the Sacrament.

A few weeks ago, however, I did have an opportunity to partake of the Sacrament at home. Two of the Young Men in the ward came to perform this sacred ordinance on my behalf (something they normally do for the feeble elderly!).

It was, in one word, beautiful.

The Sacrament. Priesthood bearers, blessing and administering bread and water. Members, willingly partaking. Such simple acts, really.

Some religions teach that the sacramental bread and water quite literally turn into Christ’s body and blood (Catholics call this the Eucharist). Although the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches the Sacrament is symbolic in nature, I think the idea of literally partaking of Christ’s body and blood is (mostly) beautiful. “You are what you eat” suddenly takes on new meaning!

Even if we as members believe we only partake of Christ’s body and blood symbolically during the Sacrament, we do believe Christ is the Living Bread and Living Water: his nourishment helps us grow spiritually and become like him from the inside out.

I sometimes fail to remember that it was actually Christ who instituted the Sacrament. As it says in Matthew 26, verses 26 to 28: 

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

When those two Young Men administered the Sacrament, they acted for Christ. In other words, it’s as if Christ personally handed me that water and bread, inviting me to take and drink.

Because we usually partake of the Sacrament at church, it’s easy to think of it as a public event. But having the two Young Men bless the bread and water for me—and for me alone—reminded me that the Sacrament is extremely personal. It is Christ, asking me to take, to drink. Christ, asking me to accept his atonement on my behalf, pleading with me to take his name upon me, to always remember him and keep his commandments.

No wonder the Sacrament is a sacred act.

 

To read more about the Sacrament, click here.

 

Comments

  1. ejvinter says:

    “You are what you eat” – en tanke jag tar med mig! Ta del av sakramentet gör mig mer Kristuslik!

  2. Bra tankar!

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