Today is Maundy Thursday, when Passion Week takes off. In particular, this is the commemoration of the Last Supper of our Lord with His disciples, at which He instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion.
We Lutherans, of course, consider that the bread and wine convey the actual objective body and blood of the Risen Christ given for our salvation. So of course Holy Communion is a huge deal for us, the very center of our spiritual lives, the tangible manifestation of the Gospel, of Christ giving His broken body and His shed blood “for you.” My Reformed friends say that we only disagree on less important matters, such as the sacraments, but that only shows how different we are, since, to Lutherans, the sacraments are not less important! That the Reformed think the sacraments are not so important is kind of the point for Lutherans.
But we have lots of readers from different theological traditions at this blog, and I’m glad of that. For once, could we NOT ARGUE about the nature of this sacrament? And instead just talk about its blessings.Certainly Holy Communion is always a blessing, but can you tell about a time when receiving the Body and Blood of Christ had a particular impact on you?
I’d like to hear from non-Lutherans too, the whole range, from those who believe in transubstantiation to those who see the elements as mere symbols. We usually consider Holy Communion in terms of what people believe it is–and quite rightly–but I’m curious about its effect on people, whatever their beliefs.
Again, NO ARGUING. If an argument is made or breaks out or a criticism is launched against another commenter or church teaching or practice, I will delete the comment. Just state your experience, perhaps including your theological tradition if that is not obvious, and then move on.