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Lectionary Reflection

Maundy Thursday, All Years
New Testament Reading

1 Corinthians 11: 23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.


Reflection on 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
by John G. Gibbs, PhD

The terms "receive" and "hand on" are technical terms for the transmission, now in written form, of earlier oral tradition. The Apostle Paul's transmission of the tradition about the institution of the Lord's Supper builds on all the themes outlined above. The sacrifice was made for the sake of this Community that we call Church, and that was done for the sake of the cosmic totality within which the Church lives.

No sooner is the sacrament observed than its consequences are expected within the congregation, as verses 27-32 make clear. To drink from this cup, and to eat from this loaf of bread, is to "be answerable" for living in accordance with that sacrament (11:27). The sacrament aims toward our "discerning the body," that is, the Church (11:29). Special interests are disallowed, self aggrandizement has no place."The new covenant" reorders all our relationships, those between ourselves within the Church, and those between the Church and the creatures among which the Church is called to live as the good neighbor.

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Reflections on other Readings for Maundy Thursday, All Years:

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1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
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John G. Gibbs, PhD, a retired theologian, resided in Park Rapids, MN, when he originally wrote this reflection in 2001. John and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to John G. Gibbs, our WebVerger or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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