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chosen, blessed, broken

When Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, he summarized in these gestures his own life. Jesus is chosen from all eternity, blessed at his baptism in the Jordan River, broken on the cross, and given as bread to the world. Being chosen, blessed, broken, and given is the sacred journey of the Son of God, Jesus the Christ.

When we take bread, bless it, break it, and give it with the words “This is the Body of Christ,” we express our commitment to make our lives conform to the life of Christ. We too want to live as people chosen, blessed, and broken, and thus become food for the world. ~ Henri Nouwen

I have some percolating reflections on this, in the meantime, what say you?

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  1. Mark R — July 13, 2008 #

    I do indeed!!! - they go beyond a thimble and a cracker …In the area of judging The Body as well before we partake.

  2. jovial_cynic — July 17, 2008 #

    Jesus… chosen? Does that grind against trinitarian doctrine?

  3. Mak — July 17, 2008 #

    good question, flesh it out

  4. jovial_cynic — July 18, 2008 #

    Well, I’m concerned about the notion of an eternal member of the godhead being viewed as “chosen,” as it appears to limit Christ to an in-time sort of being. And while the manifestation of Christ as “son of man” is certainly limited to a span of time, I think the idea of being chosen carries with it the implication that God took something broken/ordinary and made it new — something that we, the redeemed, can enjoy. I have a hard time disconnecting the idea of redemption and the idea of being chosen.

    Hrm. But on the other hand, if I believe that we were chosen before the foundations of the earth were built, I suppose that it is only the act of redemption that is marked with a time and a place… being chosen is an eternal concept.

    Interesting. I’ll have to chew on this for a while.

  5. Mak — July 18, 2008 #

    Is. 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.

  6. jovial_cynic — July 19, 2008 #

    And there you go. :)

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