Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:14-17
Key verse: (17) Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
Reflection: There are several definitions of ‘one.’ There is the kind of one that refers to just you. You are one, solitary — a figure that stands alone. Being the only one can bring its own excitement and reward, leading you to feel that you are independent, special, chosen even. In all the world it is only you. You stand above. You are one as in first, the top, the best: #1! But as Harry Nilsson wrote, one is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do, much, much worse than two.
There is another kind of one. There is the one that speaks of something that is no longer scattered, divided, or breached but is rather whole, complete, together, unified. There is the kind of one that takes many to create. Three times Paul expresses this thought to his beloved but divisive Corinthian family in our passage today: one bread, one body, one cup of blessing which we bless. In the Christian economy there is no winner, not a solitary one anyway. There is no one who stands alone or above or apart, but there are many who stand together as one. One family, one body, and we are all a part of it. Paul preached it and Bob Marley, the Beatles, Bono and the Bieber have sung it: We are one though not the same and we get to carry each other.
Tonight in our Maundy Thursday service we who are many will gather again to remember again that we are one in Christ which means we are one with God. In this one body all of us find love that is needed and strength that is necessary for the journey ahead.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].