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It was during our regular Sunday service, while taking part in the breaking of bread and sharing the cup of the new covenant, that I thought about the words community, commune, and communion. Each word begins with "commun" but ends differently: "ity", "e", and "ion". I knew vaguely that these words were all linked together, but I decided to look them up on the Internet.
"Community" can refer to a social unit of any size, usually small, that shares common values.
"Commune" as a noun means a large gathering of people sharing common living conditions and possessions. "Commune" as a verb means to feel in close, intimate touch.
"Communion" refers to the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper, the Christian rite involving the eating of bread and drinking of wine, re-enacting the Last Supper.
1 Corinthians 11:24-25 – And when [Jesus] had given thanks, He broke [the bread] and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." (NASB)
Jesus broke bread and drank wine with His disciples, and we are to do the same today. We do so in community, sharing the common values of remembering why He came, why He died, and why He rose from the dead. We are to commune with one another and with our risen Lord, sharing the body and blood of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Communion is a coming together, a gathering with our brothers and sisters in Christ, to share our common beliefs and to remember what Jesus has done for us.
Prayer: Dearest Jesus, whenever we come together to partake in the breaking of bread and sipping of wine, we remember that Your body was given for us, and the shedding of Your blood was for the forgiveness of our sin. May You fill us with Your heavenly blessings and grace so that we may live as Your holy people and care for one another. Amen.