All are invited to the communion table were we celebrate Jesus’ understanding of life and death. He broke the bread, symbolizing that all of life comes to us in broken pieces. Some waste their lives cursing the brokenness. Jesus wanted his disciples to know that by embracing the brokenness, we find ourselves more fully alive.
Then Jesus poured the red wine, symbolizing life’s sustaining blood. Living itself is the process of pouring out our life blood. We cannot drink (recapture) it. We only have two choices. We can pour it out in such a way that others can drink of it, or we can spill it wastefully.
When we partake of the bread and drink of the cup at this service of communion we are reminding ourselves of the gift of life that has been given to us by others and that to follow the example of Jesus, we are to pour it out in a way that others might live.