This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord – a lasting ordinance.
Let it be said that every day is sacred, and provides many reasons for thanks giving. The abbot of a monastic community told Henri Nouwen: ‘…we form communities and we experience all of life as a gift of God – that is why praise is so central – praise for God’s gifts.’ (John Eudes: ‘The Genesee Diary’, pp.6,7). In the bustle and busy-ness, the stresses and strains of every day life, we may miss the wonder and specialness of each day.
But there are certain days which carry great significance, and they are to be noted and remembered and celebrated. For me, keeping a journal is an aid to memory. It reminds me of markers and milestones on my journey, and brings to mind facets of God’s goodness I might sometimes forget.
God wanted His people to always remember the miracle of the exodus, so he gave them Passover; Jesus wants His people to always remember the wonder of salvation, so He has given us the Lord’s Supper. You may recall that it was at a Passover meal that Jesus instituted what we now call communion. Again we come face to face with Jesus as the ultimate fulfillment of Passover.