Holy Communion: An Example of what Not to Do

Often the Bible is seen as a collection of stories and teachings that give a model for how to live. In many cases this is very true, however the Bible is richer than just giving positive examples. The Bible is also full of negative examples. Put another way, there are stories in the Bible that teach us what NOT to do.

The story of Jesus instituting the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is perhaps one of the classic "do this" stories. In fact Jesus says, "do this in remembrance of me." Could it be that Communion is also rich enough to carry not only this prescription of Jesus but also a proscription? Is the sacrament of Communion not only showing us what to do but also forbidding something? If so, what could Communion be forbidding? 

When the bread is broken and the wine poured out in the liturgy of Communion could Jesus have been also saying, "Break bread and not bodies. Pour out wine and not blood." Could Jesus, in prescribing Holy Communion also be giving us the proscription against doing harm to our neighbors? 

Perhaps this proscription baked into the very essence of Communion is a reason for us to pause in awe and wonder as we come to feast with Christ. Perhaps it is a chance to repent of all the ways we have contributed to the harm of another person. How we desired for the breaking of a body or the spilling of blood in order for something to be "made right". It is an invitation to break bread instead and discover how table fellowship is the more excellent way of making things right. 

There is more to say on this subject matter, but let us consider all the ways the Bible is full of examples and negative examples. Let us consider the proscription in every prescription of the Bible so that we may discover a deeper way of the Spirit of God.