If your entire idea of Christianity is based upon going to church 1 or 2 times a week, singing a little bit, praying a smidgeon, and listening to one man speak and tell you about God, giving you the interpretation of his reading and studies, then maybe, maaaaybe once every 4 months giving communion, you might need to rethink your faith.
I’m not judging you. I get it. I’ve been there. I’ve got family there. They all think I’ve drunk the Kool-aid, and gone off the deep end. And you know what? That’s okay. However, I am not satisfied with my leftovers from Judaism. I want my daily bread. Something Fresh. Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful for my roots, but roots are just that. Roots. You grow beyond roots, into a blossoming Tree. A Tree which needs nutrients from the scriptures, from the soil of the Bible. As you grow, you begin to change, and your understanding grows as well. If not, you are dining on the stale leftovers of your previous days bread. Now, there are things that you need to cling to, and I wholeheartedly believe they are well defined by the apostle’s creed. However, much has been dogmatically taught by the church for millenia that we have had to eat from for too long.
Yeshua invites us to a better way. He brings us from the Tabernacle to the Table.
Let me explain.
He calls us friends. He has given us the power to become Sons of God. Which would make us His brothers and sisters. We are called the Bride of Christ. He is called Friend of Sinners. He was called a drunk and a glutton because He dined deliberately with those who were so far outcast in Jewish culture that they had been told not to come back to the Temple. He fed Multitudes like it was nothing. He made approximately 180 gallons of Wine at Cana for a wedding after everyone had already begun getting drunk and they ran out of wine. And His last act with the disciples, before the crucifixion was to share a meal of bread and wine. “This bread is my body, broken for you. This wine is my blood shed for you in the new covenant. Eat and drink it all. Do this as often as ye will in remembrance of me.”
Early Christians did gather for prayer, teachings, and worship. I get that. But they were centered around family ties, and friendship. Centered around the Table of the Feast. Some churches do occasionally have their potlucks, and get togethers. But that was always supposed to be the center. Not an addition. Now many denominations don’t even use wine in communion. Not to mention it isn’t an open feast anymore. Somewhere along the way, we have left behind the invitation to the Feast of our Father, who only asked that we join Him at the table, and accept the Body and Blood of Christ, symbolizing the new covenant.
I’d like to invite you to join me in this, and open up your table at least once every other week, or month, to feast with others. Sinners and Saints alike. Invite people over to the table, with the understanding that it’s His table anyways, and He gave the invitation to leave behind the leftovers, and have something new.
~The Christian Mystic