“Wait for One Another”

In today’s reading at Mass from 1 Corinthians ( 11, 17-26.33) we have the earliest written account of the institution of the Last Supper in the New Testament:
“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my Body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my Blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.”

The simple account stresses that Jesus, taking bread and wine, gave himself, Body and Blood, “for you.” He gave himself for all. When we do this “in remembrance of me” we are called to be like him, to give ourselves for all.

Paul warns the Corinthians that by what he hears of their divisions and factions they’re failing to do what the Lord commands. Instead of imitating what Jesus d, they’re driving others away in their celebrations and thus bringing judgment on themselves.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters,
when you come together to eat, wait for one another.

A beautiful phrase Paul uses, “wait for one another.” A phrase that comes from the family meal in Paul’s time, when someone might miss the meal if the family did not wait for them. “We have to wait for them.”

So we wait for the grace Jesus offers at the Eucharist, to see all at the table of the Lord, loved by God who loves all.

4 thoughts on ““Wait for One Another”

  1. Berta

    Fr Victor, yesterday our oldest grandson was visiting the family from college. He has not been attending mass since he turned 18. His parents invited him to come anod so did we his grandparents but what we did alienated him more. We were sitting in the family room listening to the readings for yesterday’s mass with his younger sisters and nearby he was eating breakfast. I noticed he kept looking over and I could tell he was listening. When we were all ready to leave for mass we noticed he was dressed and ready to go. He came with us Fr Victor! The Word got to him. He loved the mass and it seemed Jesus was speaking right to him. It was the best gift we’ve ever received. Thank you Jesus!


  2. Harry Warren

    Fr Victor, This reply is for Berta. Berta, thank you for sharing the wonderful gift you received. God Bless you and yours. Harry


  3. Liz Forest

    Berta, God speaks in many tongues to young and old! The Holy Spirit moves in mysterious ways! May we be patient with the pace of others.


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