I read an article the other day about how Catholic priests, who, despite the Pope’s orders to the contrary, continue to deny communion to they deem unworthy of it.
How did we get to this point, where we feel we have the moral grounds and authority enough to say who does and does not have the right to take in the very body and blood of Jesus Christ, when the LORD Himself gave it up so freely? True, we should not take in an unworthy manner, not self-righteously or boastingly, not to get something out of it (free bread and/or wine), or out of sheer obligation.
We are called to gather together, as a united people, to celebrate communion, to remember what Christ did for us as we partake in the last public activity He Himself partook in before heading to the cross: sharing a meal with friends.
If we are friends of Christ, we must invite people to the table, not shoo them away.