Then he took a cup
Matthew 26: 26-30 (GNT)
26 While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take and eat it,” he said; “this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and gave it to them. “Drink it, all of you,” he said; 28 “this is my blood, which seals God's covenant, my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in my Father's Kingdom.”
30 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
All this talk of wine – is this where it is leading?
To the Passover meal, in the upper room, Jesus at the table with his friends.
Then he took a cup. Such ordinary words, such an ordinary action. But the cup is loaded, not just full of wine, but heavy with meaning, and poured out, like his life,
In the garden of Gethsemane he confronts the cup of suffering, and accepts it.
We will not be sharing bread and wine together as we usually do on this Thursday of Holy Week. There will be virtual and broadcast services and messages. We will be distanced from the accustomed sharing, but, please God, one in the Spirit.
who so loved the world that you sent your own son to save it,
we pray for grace to share in a true communion of your Spirit,
wine of the Spirit, poured out for all.