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Partaking of Communion causes me always to question if I'm just going through another religious exercise and if I really do understand the gravity of the meaning of this sacrament. Some of my reticence is due to the fact that my home church only served "The Lord's Supper" once a quarter. On those occasions, the pastor would always read that text from I Corinthians 11:27, "So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord." After our pastor read this text, he would allow about a few minutes of quiet for us to "examine our lives" to determine whether we were truly ready to receive the cup and the bread. Another most sobering concept that comes to mind whenever Communion is offered is the question of "do I understand that I am about to participate in the Communion of Saints?" That company would include Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Rosa Parks, Oscar Romero, Clarence Jordan, Will Campbell and others who have given witness to truth through their lives at critical times in history. So I ask myself, "am I really that committed to the social implications of this endeavor that Rauschenbusch called "The Kingdom of God" and that Clarence Jordan called "The God Movement?" When one begins to examine the lives as well the cost which so many paid with their lives, reputations and resources to follow The Way, it can cause a person to feel like a cub scout among Navy Seals. Communion is profoundly serious since it most certainly is much, much more than a "spiritual Xanax" for it connects us to the witness and actions of Jesus, the disciples and to all of those "saints" who have given everything to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth.