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Lasting Bonds of Communion

Reflect

In Ephesians 2:19-22, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” In these bizarre times where the pandemic has forced most churches to limit their congregations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, may we remember that we are still the Churchmystically connected to God and to one anothernot dependent upon a building to meet on Sundays. Of course, we miss gathering together, but maybe this is an opportunity to awaken to who we are, and who we’ve always been, as the Body of Christ.


Pray

The Bride of Christ—
forced to close its doors
to serve 
in days
of isolation,

a reminder to us
that the Church

was never a building
to begin with—

residing instead
within ourselves,

the fullness
of divine expression,

in the temple
that is our souls.

Help us become
who we are—

even without homilies
and incense,

stained glass
and Sunday greetings,

and cultivate communion still:
to humbly break bread
and receive,

to drink the same cup
and believe 
we are one,
despite our differences

in an age
where division defines—

but not with us,
your Church,
your bride.

We are one.
We are yours.

We gather
at your table.


Act

What can you do today to cultivate your connectedness with other members of the Body of Christ? Pray a line or two that resonated for you from this prayer every time you begin to feel isolated and disconnected.


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