Could a simple cup be a sign of God’s grace? An object becomes sacred when it is used to share God’s love—whether it warms a cold body or quenches a parched throat.
When we share the love and grace of God with one another, we have an opportunity to represent Christ–to be God’s hands and feet. In being the body of Christ to one another, we can witness and share God’s grace daily.
We can share God’s grace in quiet conversation over coffee after the death of a loved one or the joy of a new birth. We can share Gatorade with thirsty high school athletes, while letting them know that we care about them: their athletic gifts and their faith lives.
Through the cup that Christ shares with us in Holy Communion, we are reminded that we are loved by God and made in God’s own image, through God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
Sharing a cup seems like such a small act, yet with God in the act, it is a cup filled with love and grace.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Sharing a cup of grace” written by Jeanette Bidne in the March 2015 issue of Café magazine. Today is the eighth Sunday after Pentecost. The readings are Jeremiah 23:1-6; 2 Samuel 7:1-14a (semicontinuous); Psalm 23; Psalm 89:20-37 (semicontinuous); Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56.