This past Sunday, Christians around the world celebrated communion in recognition of World Communion Sunday. Communion, Eucharist, The Lord’s Supper (or whatever term various Christian traditions use to commemorate the greatest, hope-filled meal) reminds Christians of God’s great love for all of creation. In this sacrament, we trust that God heals us and transforms us into people more able to forgive, love, and be agents of hope and peace.
Yet not all Christians joined in this celebration – some by choice, and some by force. One of the earliest Christian communities that has celebrated communion consistently for almost 2000 years is located in Mosul. However, this past week they could not celebrate because they were either dead or fleeing for their lives because of IS.
I looked for some images of artwork to demonstrate the beauty and tradition of Christians in Mosul. Most of the images returned in the search engine documented the current atrocities – and it broke my heart.
In a letter to early Christians in Rome, a follower of Jesus named Paul encouraged people to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12) in the face of persecutions, hardships, and joyous life events.
I wonder what solidarity with our suffering Christian brothers and sisters might look like when we feel so far away.
Please take a moment to wonder what solidarity might look like.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayers.