“This is my body.”

This body knows what it is like to have a nice house and a good job

It knows what it is like to feel uneasy about being wealthy

And it knows what it is like to be lonely, a stranger

It knows what it is like to live under a bush in a city park

It knows what it is like to try to sleep in a rain-soaked sleeping bag

This body knows what it is like to sit politely in meetings

And it knows how to howl in protest at injustice

It knows what it is like to eat right and exercise often

And it knows what it is like to wake up the morning after drinking a fifth of vodka

This body knows what it is like to do a triple flip on the bars of a jungle gym

And what it is like to lie paralyzed in a hospital bed for five years

This body knows what it is like to make love

And to make war

This body knows what it is like to be shunned because of the way it looks

And to be wanted because of the way it looks

This body knows what it is like to be afraid even of being afraid

And it knows what it is like to delight in taking crazy chances

This body knows what it is like to be treated like an any body instead of like a some body.

 

“This is my body.”

 

Take it in, take it on: receive the body of Christ.

 

 

Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: Adult. Rituals: Communion and Eucharist. Resource Types: Full Service Liturgies.

Review & Commentary

3 thoughts on ““This is my body.”

  1. To me this Communion Liturgy helps bring the humanity of Jesus into our worship, where we often focus so much on his divinity that we forget that bread and wine are really about his body and blood. The Eucharist is about people gathering together (see 1Cor.3). We need to be reminded, reawakened, to the divine principle of inclusiveness.

    Rev. R. Gutleben, The Good Samaritan Community Church of Sebastopol, 430 Murphy Ave., Sebastopol, California 95472

  2. I love this and plan to use it at the next gathering of our Progressive Christianity Forum in our house next week. We are experimenting with new forms of liturgy, and this is so wonderfully and radically different – many thanks, Susan Flanders

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