In a time when we are so mindful of the violence and racism done to black bodies and mindful of the privileges of our own bodies, we pause as a community to remember another body. One that was targeted and murdered by another violent system over 2000 years ago.
On the night before his body was stripped down and nailed to a cross as a public threat. He gathered with his friends and taking the simple food before him, claimed his body as his own, and gave it as a gift.
Giving it to his friends, he said “take, eat, this is my body given for you.” At the end of the supper, he took the cup and gave it to them, saying “Take, drink, this is my blood given for you. Do this in memory of me.”
On this night, we eat and drink remembering Jesus’ body and all those bodies that have been targeted and killed. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice (12 years old in Cleveland), Aiyana Stanley-Jones (7 years old in Detroit),and so many more.
We eat and drink taking it into our own bodies and committing them as gift in the work of nonviolence and racial justice.
Picture taken at a worship service during the Word and World Mentoring Program.