R E A L C O M M U N I O N
. . .What is real communion. . .
When I met her, she asked me to bring her real communion and I ask her what is real communion, and she said, “you know the one with wine not with grape juice.”
It started off an explosion of ideas and memories in me:
a little girl who asked me during a Junior Sermon one Sunday, “When can I have some of that ‘Jesus Juice’
a Deacon offering me the Cup during a recent Mass at an inpatient Hospice unit
a Eucharistic Minister who knew I wasn’t Catholic offering me Communion on a Maundy Thursday during Holy Week
catching a kid taking a hand full of Communion wafers and eating them like tic-tacs
what is r e a l c o m m u n i o n ?
is it actually symbolic of a piece of bread or broken bread or a way for symbolizes the broken body of Christ. . .
is a great juice is it real wind it symbolizes the shed blood of Christ. . .
Is it something less religious maybe even more spiritual. . .
is it the first time my father looked into the eyes of his newborn child. . .
is it the first time a new mom successfully Breast feeds her baby
Is it a couple on their wedding day sharing a Ritz cracker and a sip of Ginger ale because that’s what they shared on their first date in the park
is it a grandmother, literally tearing a loaf of bread in half and passing a piece each of their grandchildren on a picnic and explaining it doesn’t matter how big the piece is as long as it’s a shared piece. . .
is it the unspoken language between a husband and a wife of 50+ years sharing that one last look before one of them dies. . .
What. . .
What is Real Communion?
And who. . .
Who can have it. . .
Who can share or distribute it?
Probably safe to say, huh,
there are many different meanings
there are many different definitions
of what exactly is REAL COMMUNION
is the definition that you give to it
and maybe even greater still
the Priest you are WHO Share it. . .
Whatever Real Communion is to you
because whatever real communion is,
it’s not a solitary confinement
or singular act
it ultimately is a shared experience
between you and another person
or a group of likeminded OTHERS
and if it’s not SHARED
then it’s not REAL COMMUNION
~~ it’s THEN whatever it is you define as it’s exact snd complete opposite
Maybe the universal definition of real communion is merely:
The hand who serves
r e a c h i n g
for the hand who receives
t o u c h
c o n n e c t
h o l d
The hand who serves is most like the hand who receives
only when it’s
e x t e n d e d
R E A L C O M M U N I O N
it’s not so much
something you choose as much as
Y O U L I V E
(As you are)