The word pictures of the communion event was told in the three Gospels; Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Jesus’ message was short and concise; That He (Jesus) would suffer soon after the meal and meet His death. His instruments of symbolism were precise; the offering of bread as His body offered in sacrifice, and the wine His shed blood. That we should partake in remembrance of Him. As importantly, all were instructed to live the Christian life of serving others.
His predictions were that Peter, his most trusted servant, would deny Him three times. And, that Judas would sell Him out for silver.
You will recall two events leading up to this time also reflected very “human” characteristics; one was the inability of the disciples in the Garden to stay awake as Jesus instructed, and that of Christ himself asking His Father to “take the cup” from him metaphorically, for in that brief moment He feared the nature of His death. And then, only to be followed by Peter’s denial of knowing Him.
The visual picture of this “Last Supper” by Da Vinci somewhat radically (in my mind) depicted what was going on. The elaborate setting of grand arches and synchronized windows, and the attempt to suggest all of the disciples’ personalities by their many gestures removes our focus from the true significance of the event itself; to think right past it. It is rather like looking around at a huge crowd of demonstrating “personalities” at a ball game and missing the winning home run.
It is riduculous for me to fault Da Vinci’s painting or any of the other speculated 276,000 depictions of “The Supper”. I can only suggest, as I did my painting, that the focus be solely upon the
Sacrament itself as was Jesus’ intention and the setting should be compatable with His simple, and hardly grand nature. Hence there would be no arches or Silver Chalice.(and no flash-back from the camera flash as I took the picture with the glass on).
So should it be our focus in our real life as we live it today in remembrance: Simple.
And, as in common parlance. there was to be no Easter Bunny. Let him pick his own day.