"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
Brokenness. Remembrance. Wholeness.
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 when we were broken. The day, September 11, reminds 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 within a few moments where we gasped, 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. An unarmed black youth is gunned down. A Deputy is murdered while pumping gas. Immigrants seek a new life and are told no. 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 his family so that he may feel the rush that seems to fill a hole in his 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 this. For any moment in your life that you have experienced brokenness.
"Do this in remembrance of me," Christ asks, so that in times when we have these moments that we may be reminded we are one. One body. One community.
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) 2019
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.