Originally scheduled for February 10
There are a variety of seasons during the year,
but none carries with it such dread as the phrase “tax season.”
Merely mentioning that phrase can produce groans of anguish among
grown men. One reason for this comes from the fact that tax returns
place quite a burden on the memory.
One such pardon comes from a variety
of tax forms themselves. There are, quite literally, hundreds of
different forms that can be filled out which are appropriate for
your taxes. It is your responsibility to remember which forms you
need, fill them out, and turn them in. Presuming that you know which
form you need, can you always remember the number that goes with it?
Once you have the right form, of
course, you have to fill it out. Income tax forms are not noted for
their simplicity and ease of use. In fact, the phrase “complex tax
form” is redundant. It is not by accident that most of us use a
computer to aid in the process.
That’s enough to really test your memory. It’s
also enough to make you impressed with the CPA who fills out your
tax forms for you. It gives rise to such parodies as the form 1040EZ
- which had two lines. First, write down how much money you made.
Second, send it in.
Humor aside, there are reasons why it is hard
to remember which form and how to use it. For example:
You only do this once a year. It’s
not something particularly pleasant, nor is it particularly
interesting. So you wind up learning each year what you forgot from
In particular, the details on each
form can be confusing – and change every tax year. If you wanted to
design a system that would cause memory lapses, our tax system would
be a good example.
There is also an emotional reason.
You want to avoid doing your taxes, because your taxes cost you
Communion carries with it the opposite
characteristics. It was designed to be easy to remember, for it is
the memorial of our Lord’s sacrifice on the Cross.
Communion is taken much more
frequently than once a year in most churches. The apostles and the
early church took communion at least once a week, and there is
evidence that they did so even more frequently. Frequent repetition
aids the memory.
The details of communion are simple.
The bread represents his broken body; the cup represents his shed
blood. By taking these elements, you are remembering what he did for
you on the cross.
It is something that you should
want to do. Some of us are of the school which says, “let sleeping
worms lie,” but those with any wisdom know that it is necessary to
get your sins forgiven. Therefore you examine yourself. And upon
that examination, you take communion, remembering the forgiveness of
Communion: it is simple, easy to remember — and
profound. As you partake, given the serious attention it deserves.