Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. (John 6:54-56)
There can be transformation at the table. In our worship services, as we silence ourselves, quiet our minds and search within, we prepare ourselves to share in this most intimate yet corporate experience. Whether one believes the bread and cup we share become the literal body of Christ or whether one believes the elements are symbols of Jesus’ last meal on earth, we all believe that those who visit the table can leave transformed. What the bread and wine become within us affects what becomes of us. Transformational grace changes how we see our families, our colleagues and our neighbors. It allows us to reside within the heart and mind of Christ, to see others as he sees them, to listen and to speak to them as he would, words peppered with grace and truth. Words of hope and healing. And, at some point, perhaps an invitation to the table.
May we prepare ourselves for transformation at the table and leave prepared to share the grace we've received with others.
Ashlee Ross - Baylor alumna attorney