As we continue in these weeks to hear in our Gospel portions of the Bread of Life discourse, I want to take this opportunity to review some of our practices around receiving the Eucharist. The church still recommends that if possible, those receiving communion should fast an hour prior to reception. The idea behind this is to remind us that we should always hunger for the bread of life. Also, we are encouraged to make a small reverence before receiving, usually by means of head bow while the person in front of you is receiving the Body of Christ. Note: If you are one who genuflects before receiving, please be mindful that there is someone standing behind you, and she doesn’t know you are going to be moving into her space. Finally, while most receive communion in their hands (Your writing hand on the bottom with other hand on the top, creating a kind of throne for Jesus.) some prefer to receive it on their tongues. If you do so, I remind you to actually extend your tongue; it is not enough to just open your mouth. It is an awkward move for a minister of communion to drop the host into an open mouth. And we never pluck the host from the minister’s hand. Part of the beauty of receiving is this humble acceptance of the host as it is laid reverently into our open hands. Don’t forget to say “amen.” That of course is the communicant’s affirmation in faith that what she receives is indeed the Body and Blood of Jesus.