READ | Matthew 26:26-28
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Imagine squeezing water from a dropper – one drop at a time. How long would it take to fill a glass? Now imagine a pitcher full of water being poured into that same glass. Which feels more like abundance to you?
Jesus tells his disciples that his blood will cover their sins and is being poured out. What makes this information good news?
Jesus, forgiver of sins, thank you for your blood which covers my sin. Help me to rest in your forgiveness.
Two great resources are the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook for younger kids and the Jesus Storybook Bible for older children. They both have great “Last Supper” passages that use these symbols with child appropriate language. Here is an excerpt from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook:
Jesus knew this was His last supper with His friends. “Soon I will leave you,” He said. He picked up some bread, broke it into pieces, and passed it around for them to eat. “My body will be broken like this bread.” He passed around a cup and told them to drink. “My blood will wash away your sins, and your hearts will be clean forever. Whenever you eat and drink, remember Me. I came to save God’s people.”
Family Activity: Celebrate communion as a family and explain each part by reading one of these stories. This will give you a great opportunity to share and explain this special sacrament with your family.
Contributed by Michelle Bauer, Spiritual Director
Parent Note by Charity Santiago