Advent in Narnia: Christmas and the Eucharist

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Have you ever wondered what the Disciples thought when Jesus prayed at the Passover meal saying the words recorded in Matthew 26:26-28; Jesus “take and eat, this is my body; drink from the cup, this is my blood of the covenant. C.S.Lewis write this regarding these words of Jesus, “I don’t know and can’t imagine what the disciples understood our Lord to mean when, His body still unbroken and His blood unshed, He handed them the bread and wine, saying they were His body and blood”; and yet, “the command, after all, was Take; eat: not Take, understand.” *Reference below.

This was the truest of meals, not a metaphor, Jesus was completely human and completely God.

Maybe Lewis chose Aslan in our story because as a Lion he was big and strong; formidable creature of the wild; and sometimes eats humans(!). Both Jesus and Aslan are real, powerful, not just imaginary. Jesus is the true light, not simply a beam of light, Jesus is the wind not a puff of air.

As we continue our journey in Narnia and to the manger in the stable, let us also remember that Jesus was born human, to a human mother; he had a physical birth and a physical death. Just as the disciples may not have fully understood the words of Jesus, as we sometimes do not, and yet, Jesus is always present and offers Himself to each of us.

• Come follow me, Jesus is calling.

• Take; eat.

Blessings to you my dear friends, wishing you all the wonders this Advent Season has to offer.

Questions for Reflection:

• Have you ever experienced a Communion liturgy in the Advent season or on Christmas Eve? How did it feel to you? What connections or disconnects did you experience?

• Is it important for you to feel that you understand what Communion (or Eucharist) means? Why or why not?

• What makes Jesus feel physically real to you? Does that matter to your faith?



*C.S.Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, (New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1964), 104.