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Communion Meditations (2022)


Ritual Magic

Originally scheduled for October 23

Human beings have strange reactions to ritual behavior. One such reaction is that the ritual contains within itself some sort of magic — which will fix the past, correct the present, or secure the future. Because of this human beings are rather fussy about what goes into their rituals.
You think not? Get involved with planning a wedding. You will quickly come up to the question of what the “right” wedding vows might happen to be. You will also run across the problem of whether or not communion should be served the couple. You might even run across the problem of somebody saying that it must be done in the church building. All these problems come from the fact that we want our rituals to stay absolutely the same. And they don’t.
One of the best examples of this is the white wedding dress — practically mandatory for first time brides. The first prominent person to wear a white wedding dress was Queen Victoria. Before that, brides wore black. But still, we have the drive to make our rituals done correctly, down to the last detail.
One reason for this comes from the various purposes of rituals. Broadly speaking there are three kinds of rituals, divided by what part of time they affect.
            Some rituals state what is presently the case. For example, when a flag is raised or lowered on a military installation there is often be a bugle involved. At the close of the day, taps is played. Bugle calls evolve from the system where the melody told the troops what was going on right now.
            Sometimes a ritual is designed to change things in the future, or express belief in some future event. The same kind of bugle calls also went into forming up a cavalry troop in preparation for action.
Communion, you will not be surprised to learn, involves all three — past, present, future.
            Communion celebrates the past, reminding us of the death of Christ as atonement for our sins. It reminds us also of his burial and resurrection. It tells us what he did for us. This is unchanging and eternal.
            Communion is also a very much present tense ritual. He calls us to examine ourselves, in the present, and repent of those things of which we need repentance. Once repented, action must follow. This cleansing is very much in the present.
            Communion also looks forward to the future, for our Lord told us that he would not drink again of the fruit of the vine until he returned. He shall return to judge the living and the dead; a consequence which spurs us to take self-examination and repentance quite seriously.
So as you partake this morning, remember what your Lord did for us. Follow those instructions and examine yourself, repenting as need be. Give thought to the fact that he will return to judge the living and the dead, when you will receive mercy and grace.

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