Then Jesus took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them …
14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ 17 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ 19 Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ 20 And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
Food plays an important role in our humanity. The meals we share not only give our bodies energy but also build community and relationships. At Holy Communion – the heart of Christian worship – we remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples before he died.
Food is one of the critical challenges we face in finding a more sustainable future for people, animals and planet. Do we pay enough attention to how it is reared, grown, transported and packaged?
A key step to more sustainable eating is to reduce our food waste,* which accounts for an estimated 8% of all global carbon emissions.
*Find tips on the Love Food Hate Waste website.
For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth, and buds of heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.
From “For the beauty of the earth”,
by F. S. Pierpoint (1835–1917)
Be thankful for the food you eat
Today Christians remember Jesus sharing a last meal with his friends before he died. Be thankful for the meals you share and try not to waste any of them.