Communion. If you were playing word association, what would come up next. Holy? Bread? Anglican? Belonging? Fellowship? Communication?
Like many ideas and words in our modern world, we are not sure what they mean, and have to think about them, and almost re-discover and agree on a meaning. The age of wikipedia and google.
It is not really a biblical word – you will need to go back to the Authorised version to discover three occurrences in the Corinthian letters. It is like the word Trinity. In fact I think they are inextricably linked. In communion with each other!
It is about closeness, the kind of closeness that is real, but so involved that it is not right to try and put it into words. That does it an injustice. Like trying to quantify a relationship – it is not quantifiable, and if you try and measure it, you will de-value it. That’s because it is TRUST that is the real substance of it.
The Trinity is about trust, that’s what makes it make sense, not trying to split it into pieces and then trying to put the pieces back together.
It is not a mechanism but an organism. You understand how it works when you become part of the trinity. “We will come and make out home with you,” promised Jesus, on behalf of himself, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
And that is holy communion. Sharing the substance of God.