Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
As I was heading to church two weeks ago on World Communion Sunday, I found myself being mesmerized and drawn in once again by the expanse of Christ’s Table. While driving, I was thinking about how the Communion Table connects us with Christians around the world and throughout history and I felt empowered. In those moments of pondering, I felt deep connectivity to God and to all who share or have shared in this simply meal of bread and cup.
And then it happened.
In the blink of an eye, my sense of connectivity was shattered. For in that very next moment I realized that I left my cell phone at home. The very thing that connects me wherever I go to whomever I want and whatever I have to do. The phone that has the ability to reach my friends and family all over the country, the phone on which I can check my emails, the phone that plays my favorite music and allows me to see what my friends are up to on Facebook, was left at home. And all of a sudden, I felt disconnected from the world.
At first, this was a tense feeling – I need to be connected to the world. What if something happens? What if I break down and need to call for help? What if I miss an important phone call? What if I don’t respond to an email soon enough? What if I am late to the game in liking the most adorable puppy video ever?
And then it happened again.
The thought of Holy Communion crept back into my mind, and my sense of connectivity was restored. I was reminded of a connectivity that is not held in the frailty of technology but one that is bound by the strength of a profound love that connects us, always and forever, to Christ and to the entire Christian family. And with that thought, I drove to church, feeling slightly disconnected from the world but feeling ever connected to and through God.
Prayer: Holy God, may the presence of a cell phone or the lack thereof, remind us always of a greater connectivity found in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.