PRESENT- Jesus instituted Holy Communion to provide a practical and effective way to bring healing and unity to our broken relationships with family and friends. It is important for us to bring our broken relationships to Holy Communion for the Lord to heal them. In this way, the Lord can forgive us any sinful action we may have committed. Or which contributed in any way to one of our relationships being broken. The forgiveness of Holy Communion empowers us with Christ’s own gifts of love and peace so that we no longer want to get even or ignore our friend with whom we were fighting. When we receive the healing love of Christ through Holy Communion we soon begin to realize that Christ’s own love transforms our revenge into a desire to wish the other well. Holy Communion brings the opportunity for reconciliation to our broken relationships.
FUTURE- Holy Communion reminds us that we are holy because God’s loving grace has made us holy and gifted us with Christ’s own righteousness. In the end, we will be totally dependent upon the righteousness of Christ to enter eternal life. We first received this righteousness of Christ when we were baptized, and it is through the forgiveness we receive in Holy Communion that this gift of righteousness is renewed. Through Holy Communion, we receive a foretaste of the heavenly feast to come and a renewed confidence in our heavenly inheritance.