We being many are one bread, and one body: for we are
all partakers of that one bread.
I Cor. 10:17.
While we live on earth we must bear with one another, as
Christ also bore with us, seeing that none of us are perfect.
Christ has shown this to us not only by his own example and
by his Word, but he has also pictured it to us in the form of
the Sacrament of the Altar, namely, by means of the bread
and the wine. We believe that the true body and blood of
Christ is under the bread and wine. Here we see one thing
and believe another, which describes faith. For when we hear
the Word and receive the Lord's Supper we have merely a
word and an act, yet by it we embrace life and every treasure,
even God himself. Likewise love is pictured in these signs and
elements. First of all in the bread. As long as the grains of
wheat are in a pile before they are ground, each is a body
separate for itself, and is not mingled with the others ; but when
they are ground they all become one body. The same thing
takes place with the wine. As long as the berries are not
crushed each retains its own form, but when they are crushed
they all flow together and become one drink. You cannot say,
this is the flour from this grain, or this is a drop from that
berry; for each has entered the form of the other, and thus
was formed one bread and one drink.
We receive the Lord by the faith of the Word which the
soul consumes and enjoys. In this way my neighbor receives
me; I give him my goods, body, and life and all that I have,
and let him consume and use it in his want. Likewise, I also
need my neighbor; I too am poor and afflicted, and surfer him
to help and serve me in turn. Thus we are woven one into
another, helping one another even as Christ helps us. Therefore
when you have received the Lord's Supper, you must be
diligent to increase love, aid your neighbor in distress, and lend
him a helping hand when he suffers affliction and requires
assistance. When you fail to do this, you are not a Christian,
or at best only a very weak one.