“Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.” - Gaston Bachelard
This first Sunday of every October is World Communion Sunday. This observation began in 1933 by the initiative of a Presbyterian minister named Hugh Thomson Kerr. The hope was to promote Christian unity as we reflect on our shared experiences of the Eucharist. Where theology about communion may vary, we all follow Jesus' instruction to gather and receive this nourishment.
The Eucharist is both very intimate and personal and at the same time universal. I hope that World Communion Sunday might encourage you to reflect on your own piety, as well as to use it as an opportunity to ask others about their experience of the sacrament. For me, the moments around receiving communion have always been deeply prayerful. I believe my mother helped model and instruct me to observe these moments of communion with God, moments of great intention.
I have tried to carry this practice forward as I offer these sacraments to others. If you have shared prayer concerns with me, I raise those prayers in my mind as I speak the universal words, "The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven." I wonder what your practices include, how will you share them with others as we celebrate World Communion Sunday? Sharing our practices and asking others about theirs will enrich our collective understanding of an act that already unites Christians around the world.