Saturday, March 4
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Any time there was a celebration, or festival, there was always a bottle of wine. My parents taught me this early on. Much thought went into finding the right bottle, what foods we would be serving, the likes and dislikes of our guests, even the season and weather. One thing was for certain, whenever meals were shared with guests there would be would be wine; it’s an essential part of hospitality. That word: “hospitality” – giving of one’s self for the benefit of others, goes beyond simply serving but rather providing for others. This meal, this Passover Seder saw the ultimate act of hospitality, where Jesus quite literally gave Himself for us. Whenever we gather together for feast and wine, it is in His spirit of hospitality, and He asks nothing in return, but promises us we will dine with Him in His Father’s kingdom.