Jesus said “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one–as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.” John 17.21
One of the saddest aspects of the brokennes which we experience in the Eucharist is the reality of the broken body of Christ - the Church. Broken by differences in doctrine or practise, by different interpretations of scripture, by fear, ignorance or by a lack of tolerance and graciousness. This is a far cry from our founder’s prayer that we might be one in the same way that Christ and the Creator are one. We have spent so much time deciding who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out’, who is ‘sound’ and who is ‘unsound’ that we have strayed far from the original statement of Jesus “by this shall everyone know you are my disciples, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13.35.)
In our prayers and in our sharing of bread and wine we remember the brokennes of the church and pray that, as the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) of the Anglican Church of Canada says at the breaking of the bread in the Communion service, that we may be gathered together despite our differences :
Creator of all,
you gave us golden fields of wheat,
whose many grains we have gathered
and made into this one bread.
So may your Church be gathered
from the ends of the earth
into your kingdom.