We had a foot-washing service this afternoon at church. The foot-washing ceremony was not part of the faith community that I grew up in, but we have attended two churches since we moved to Missouri where it is practice, and it can be quite an amazing and moving experience. I note today that the new Pope washed the feet of inmates and women. That's what it is all about.
After we finished, the subject of communion on Sunday came up. The church pantry appears not to have any communion wafers. Sue wondered if I would be interested in making the communion bread and then said she would buy some if I did not want to. I volunteered to make it. Then we had a discussion about whether it should be leavened or unleavened, and did it matter?
Kim, who moved here with her family a few years ago and attends our church now, was the pastor of a church where she lived before they moved here. The Sunday service in her church was broadcast over the local community access cable channel in their town. She said she got into some trouble because in one of her sermons she told the people watching at home that if they wanted to participate in the communion service along with the congregation, and all they had in the house was Doritos and Kool-aid, then they should get the Doritos and Kool-aid and have communion along with them and that it would be OK.
It is hard to say what the bread was like that they ate at that last Passover meal before the crucifixion. Most of the ingredients in the communion bread I will bake -- wheat flour, olive oil, honey, molasses and salt -- could have been used to make the bread in that last Passover supper.