Kneeling beside each other at the altar, my friend of eleven years and I finally got to meet each other and share communion with each other. The priest handed me the bread, and then handed some to him also. Then I drank of the wine and he drank directly after me. It was such a hugely significant and spiritual moment and I’m so glad that the first time we ever met, we took communion together. To me that cemented over a decade of friendship and the times in the past where we had hurt each other (mostly me hurting him) seemed insignificant when we came to the table of the Lord and ate of Jesus.
I also took communion with a man I had offended earlier in the year, and even though I had apologized when it happened and he had forgiven me, just taking communion alongside someone I had offended made the forgiveness seem more real, like a relationship was truly restored. It was also a significant moment to me to shake this man’s hand and wish the peace of the Lord upon him. There are other churches who do what I now consider to be a very crude imitation of passing the peace: they walk around in the worship service at a specified time and shake hands and say hello. It’s not wrong to do that, but it’s a crude imitation of something deeply spiritual such as wishing each other peace.
My children became Christians through the sacrament of baptism on Easter Sunday. My children are genuine Episcopalians before me. I have to be confirmed. But I am thankful that we are all a Christian family now. I’ll be even gladder when we are all an Episcopalian Christian family, I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love the Episcopal Church, and if it weren’t for the Episcopal Church my faith would be dead by now. There are so many things that I love about it but the Eucharist is my absolute favorite thing. I’m handed Christ’s body and blood on a weekly basis, and it nourishes. The Eucharist is just one of the most amazing things ever: the fact that when it’s blessed it turns into the body and blood of Christ and partaking of it ministers to the soul in a special way. I never thought that taking the Eucharist would end up being so significant to me. The bread and the wine, because it is Jesus, can restore relationships.
The Eucharist is not magic, it’s spiritual. It takes far more than magic to turn a loaf of bread and some wine into the literal body and blood of Christ; it takes a miracle. God is still working miracles in this day and age by turning consecrated bread and wine back into the body and blood of God’s son.