There is something soothing about being attentive to simple yet necessary tasks. I’ve experienced this often as I’ve prepared the bread and the juice for Holy Communion. Anybody can take bread out of a wrapper and pour juice in a cup. And perhaps that is the “something.” There are some things we do for one another when what matters is our attentiveness to our intention. When you pour juice into a cup with the knowledge that others will very soon experience this as the presence of Christ, the simple act becomes well…sacred.
I once watched as someone who had prepared the bread and juice noticed that there were some rather large crumbs on the floor after every one was served the sacrament. She came to the front and without drawing attention to herself simply picked up the crumbs and put them on the plate I was holding. I was so moved by that simple attentiveness that I’ve started pay attention to that myself. I’m not trying to be “holier than thou”; it’s just I can’t abide someone picking up those crumbs with a vacuum cleaner.
This attitude of attentiveness does not need to be limited to the elements of Holy Communion. Any small act of kindness, courtesy or consideration we offer others can become sacred when there is something of an attentiveness behind it. I’m not saying that we should always pause to reflect why we are doing something, just sometimes.
Take last night for instance, we didn’t have that big a crowd and yet all the pizza was eaten. Those glasses, although a bit of a pain, have the names of kids on them. As I picked up and put those glasses in the dishwasher I thought: there is “something” about making sure that kids can feel at home in this place.
Keep the Peace,