We, though many, are one body
For we all partake in the one loaf
Sometimes kindly and generously
Other times blindly or selfishly
We all partake in this one, broken Body of Christ
On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of
Christ, the readings help us remember our
collective, sacred story.
We remember that we are a holy people
Called out of slavery
Led into the desert
We remember that we are a covenant people
Nourished by bread
Sustained by Christ
When we eat this bread and drink this blood,
The Body of Christ
Bones broken; skin bloodied
Hanging on a tree
When we take and eat,
In the Sacred Mystery
And the cruel injustice
And the loved poured out
We, though many
Outraged and angered
Hateful and hurtful
Are one body
And bound by love
At times it has been a harsh and dreadful
thing; our very faith in love has been tried
Yet, we rise up.
When we come to the table,
In Christ’s fellowship.
We renew our promise
To God and one another.
Eucharistic solidarity is not a vague feeling of
compassion or shallow distress. It is an
attitude and a praxis, a firm and persevering
commitment to the common good.
We are all really responsible for all, that is to
say my liberation is tied up with yours.
Salvation through Christ calls us and leads us
To a nourishing and sustaining presence,
To thick solidarity.
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
How will you rise up and participate?
Maddie LaForge, M.Div., is a New Orleans native, currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She teaches religious studies at St. Francis High School in Mountain View. Her love for the classroom goes back to her time as a Jesuit Volunteer at Colegio Miguel Pro in Tacna, Peru. Maddie is a graduate of Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology and Spring Hill College.