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Communion 2010

Key to the City

Originally scheduled for  May 16, 2010

Recently, the mayor of New York presented a key to the city to one Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed Flight 1549 safely on the Hudson River. Giving a key is a time tested custom. We present the key to the city to those who have shown some outstanding achievement. The origin of the custom goes back into the Middle Ages, when cities were walled and the key had the remnants of some practical significance.

The Scriptures speak of Christ holding some symbolic keys as well:

· He holds the key of David. It is a symbol of his royal authority; indeed the Scripture tells us that what Christ opens no one can shut; what he shuts no one can open.

· He holds the key to Death itself. He is the one who raised Lazarus from the grave. He is the one and only one to conquer his own death, and rise again.

· He holds the key to Hell as well. Do not fear the man who can kill you; fear the man who can kill you and send you to Hell.

Keys are given for great accomplishment. Christ gave the keys to the kingdom of heaven to his church, for his church would continue his work. But he asks that his church remember the accomplishment for which his keys are given: the sacrifice on the Cross.

Awarding a key to the city is done in a ceremony, not via the mail. Christ asks that you participate in the ceremony of Communion so that you will remember the sacrifice he made – and honor the one who made it.

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