However, the way Jesus used the words and the way He used the common things of the earth is no less than amazing. Everyone knows about eating and drinking. It is something necessary for life. When we eat and drink, our body takes what it needs to grow and sustain life from the things we put into our mouths. It is something truly extraordinary. So, Jesus says the bread on the table is His body; the wine in the cup is His blood. As we share in the holy meal He instituted that night, it is for us a moment of taking into ourselves that which is necessary for our spiritual life. As we eat and drink physical food and drink, we nurture our body and as we eat and drink the sacrament of the bread and wine, we receive spiritual nurture for our soul. It is an eating and drinking that speak of taking Him into the core of our spiritual being so that our life with God might be sustained in an abundant fashion.
To go to the Table is to go to the Cross. Always it is such a moment. One reason I prefer to kneel when receiving Holy Communion is that kneeling always seems like a more appropriate posture when in the presence of the One whose death means life for each one of us. If we are privileged to go to the Table on this Maundy Thursday, eat with thanksgiving, and drink deeply from the cup of blessing.