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Communion Meditations (2020)



Originally scheduled for March 1

The mirror is an ancient device. It was known in biblical times, though the object was not as clear in its reflections as the ones we have today. It’s a matter of ordinary use the tells us that the small mirror is used to look at small things, and a large mirror is used to look at large things. We may examine the large things:

·         You use it to examine the large things about you. It tells you what you are. If you are tall and skinny or short and fat, it shows. As far as the physical side of your existence is concerned, it shows you what others see, and that’s a very useful thing. If what you see is pleasing, you accept it as being a picture of what you really are.

·         If a mirror tells you what you are, it also tells you what you are not. Your author would like to have the mirror tell him that he is young, dashingly handsome and surrounded by beautiful women. Unfortunately, I do not have a mirror with that kind of talent. It tells me that I am not such a person; mirrors tell you what you are not.

·         Most of us use a mirror to look at ourselves, but while you’re there note that the mirror also tells you what is behind you. If you don’t like the scenery in which you live, don’t blame the mirror.

Of course, what you see in the mirror also depends on how you use it.

·         If you’re using the mirror to check the length of your tie, the size of your belly is nothing to notice. It’s there if you want to see it, but it depends on you.

·         You can also use it as a comparative device. Suppose you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “well, that doesn’t look too bad — I’ve seen worse.” You’re looking at yourself, but what you’re seeing is that Joe is sloppier dresser that you. It’s a comparison device!

·         Other times, however, you can see something that you want very much. Charles Revson, the founder of Revlon cosmetics, once told his sales representatives that “we do not sell cosmetics — we sell hope.” If things look just right, often we see hope.

Communion is a mirror to the soul. In taking communion you are instructed to examine your self, which implies that you will take action to correct those things which your self-examination shows to be a problem. So let me ask you this morning:

·         When you examine yourself, do you see the obvious? Or do you ignore it?

·         When you examine yourself, do you see yourself in Christ’s light, or the light of comparison to others?

Beyond all else, when you look at yourself in communion you need to know that he gave you this as a reminder of his sacrifice, to be taken regularly, until He comes again. No matter how wretched the picture you see in that mirror, that mirror also shows you the hope of the resurrection. Do not be afraid to look in the mirror and examine yourself, for in the same mirror there is forgiveness and ultimately resurrection.

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