August 9

Proverbs 9:1-6

‘“You that are simple, turn in here!’ To those without sense she says, ‘Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.’” vss. 4-5

A large section of the book of Proverbs is devoted to pointing out the differences between wisdom and folly. Here Wisdom (always portrayed as a woman) is throwing a party and she sends out a special invitation to those who are simple and without sense. It’s not that she seeks to take advantage–rather she is wanting them to lay aside immaturity and walk with insight. “Eat my bread,” she says, “Drink my wine, and be filled with my wisdom.” It’s a good reminder about the importance of early participation in Holy Communion. There was a time when it was believed that only those who had a proper understanding of the Real Presence should be welcomed at the Lord’s Table. What a blessing it has been to see the immature and even those without sense present themselves for the meal! As they eat and drink they are feasting on the Wisdom of God, the Holy Spirit of Jesus. It’s here that their faith is strengthened and they can grow to be mature members of the Body of Christ. At first there may be interruptions and giggles from the little ones, but as time passes their demeanor changes and the meal touches their hearts. “Let the children come to me,” Jesus says, “for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.”

Thought for the Day: When should children begin communing?

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