"And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me."
~ 1 Corinthians 11:24
In my faith tradition we celebrate communion each Sunday. It is central to our coming together, and it reminds us that in Christ's brokenness we are brought together and are made whole.
Today will be filled with images and conversations that will remember a day that we were broken. It will remind us of images that capture a moment in time where we were witnesses to bodies broken, the presence of evil and the consequences of the choices made by a few, and that in moments the world as we knew it would never be the same.
Christ through His brokenness serves as both sacrifice and healer. Witness and provider. Redeemer and God. The very thing that people who are seeking hope need.
Our brokenness is real. Storms flood and fires destroy our lands. A white supremacist drives through a crowd of protesters declaring that all people are created in the image of God and kills a young woman. Children of immigrants are told that their dream is not welcomed and live in fear of returning to a land that they know little to nothing about because America is their home. A person needs a medical procedure and is told that they will have to pay a large deductible. A senior must decide to buy food or pay for electricity. An addict steals from their family so that they may have that rush that seems to fill a hole in their life while creating a chasm between those he loves and the high he needs.
Christ was broken for us for days like this. For times like these. For any moment in our life that we may have experienced brokenness.
"Do this in remembrance of me," Christ asks, so that in times when we have these moments that we may remember that we are one. One body. One community. One.
For each of us today is about restoration. About healing. About bringing us together. Remembering that with God all things are made new, and that one day, in our own brokenness we will be made whole again.
This is a gift of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.