Bracing ourselves for that wave...
And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." Luke 22.15
Hearing a NHS worker on the radio this morning describing his anticipation of a tsunami of coronavirus patients took me back. On the eve of the second Gulf War I was in a forward operating base, with the spearhead teams who would be first into action and the medical units who were preparing for heavy casualties. I don't recall any fear but the tension was palpable. As I worked my way around the land-rovers and hospital tents what the servicemen most appreciated was the opportunity to share Holy Communion. Something about Jesus' desire to share this special meal with his own companions on the eve of his self-sacrifice resonated with their feelings - towards their friends, their families and, though it may have been for the first time ever, towards God - to whom they may have suddenly realised they may have to give account very soon!
As we look forward to the Kilmore Communion this Sunday (however we are going to celebrate), two vital questions arise: Is this my moment? And how shall I prepare?
The verse above continues: "For I tell you that I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Reassurance about the future is a significant aid to coping with the present. Be encouraged because Jesus has cleared the way. We simply have to follow. It won't necessarily be easy but he is not only waiting to welcome us but he's walking alongside.