Maundy Thursday, April 1

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Maundy Thursday, April 1

Psalm 102; Lam. 2:10-18; 1 Cor. 10:14-17; 11:27-32; Mark 14:12-25

Psalm 102:1 Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you; hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble.

1 Corinthians 10:17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

All day today, news of the earthquake in Haiti has permeated the media. Now, this evening, I am unable to erase from my mind the images of devastation, the wails and moans of the injured and bereaved.

The verse from Psalm 102 seems fitting, such a plaintive cry of desperation, of hopelessness, of being forgotten by God. How many people in Haiti feel this now, and will in days and weeks to follow, as they come to full realization of all that has been lost?

Most had little before, and many have nothing now. How easy to feel deserted by God. Have we not all had times of feeling God has abandoned us, even though our own troubles pale in comparison with those suffered by the Haitians? In comparison to Christ facing the crucifixion? Yet even as he faced His own death, Christ literally showed his disciples the face of God as He cared for their needs at His last meal. Have you ever seen the face of God in a friend or stranger when you were in need?

As Corinthians says: “There is one bread,” Christ, and we “are one body” with the Haitians and all others who suffer, because we “partake of the one bread.” We who profess to be Christians have an obligation to do what Christ directs to help those in need. Not everyone can or should jump on a plane and rush to Haiti, nor would that even be productive. But to what does God call each of us, so those who suffer will not feel God has abandoned them?

My answer and your answer to that question may be very different, but each of us is part of that “one body,” and we can know the joy of allowing Christ to work through us so someone in pain feels God’s presence. We can each be, for someone, the “face of God.”

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