The Body of Community – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

When we gather around the table and break the bread together, we are transformed not only individually but also as community.  We, people from different ages and races, with different backgrounds and histories, become one body.  As Paul says:  “As there is one loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body, for we all share in the one loaf” (1 Corinthians 10:17).

Not only as individuals but also as community we become the living Christ, taken, blessed, broken, and given to the world.  As one body, we become a living witness of God’s immense desire to bring all peoples and nations together as the one family of God.

For further reflection…

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all.” – I Corinthians 12: 4-6 (NIV)

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We are to forgive the injuries and love those who have harmed us. The Bridegroom himself came in love and was crucified, and his last words were words of forgiveness. As icons of his beloved bride, we have no other option, despite the staggering implications of such a demand.

-from Woman of Strength

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“This gift is from God and not of man’s deserving. But certainly no one ever receives such a great grace without tremendous labor and burning desire.” –Richard of St. Victor

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