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Every Cup Is Sacred

Sunday we talked about how we can chose to make every moment sacred. That's a challenge, but it's made easier when we truly understand the nature of people. Every person we meet is sacred - created in the image of God. The only people you meet are children of God, made in his image, and loved by Jesus. C.S. Lewis seemed to understand this when he wrote in his book The Weight of Glory...

It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal...It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit...Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.

We all take a little extra care when we pass around communion (aka the "Blessed Sacrament"). We certainly don't want to be the fool that dumps out a tray. More than that, we want to show respect to what the bread and cup symbolize - the body and blood of Jesus Christ. These little cups (or the chalice depending on your practice) are sacred and we treat them as holy. 

What about the cup of coffee you share with your neighbor? It's a sacred cup as well. It's sacred because we're sharing it with a divine creature. Let's stop dividing the secular and the sacred, the special from the ordinary, and start claiming every moment as sacred. The cup of communion we share on Sunday should change how we share a cup of coffee on Monday with our neighbors. Likewise the cup we share on Monday should inform how we share in the cup on Sunday. God is present in both.

You might ask why any of this matters. Lewis explains...

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. 

It's not just a quick cup of coffee, it's an interaction that will inform eternity. It's something that can nudge a person closer or farther away from Jesus. It's not a moment quickly forgotten, but eternally remembered. Don't be intimidated, be inspired! Know that those extra 15 minutes you spend with someone count for something - maybe for everything. Every moment, person, and place is sacred - take the time to cherish it.