No one has the Whole. When two opposing people believe this, dialogue can begin. When a community experiences it, Eucharist becomes a verb.
Jesus and the disciples shared everything they had with the crowd. Following that lead, did thousands of people in the crowd reach into their sacks and pull out their own food, for a surprising pot-luck picnic? Imagine the uncertainty, then the smiles - especially from the people who'd brought no food! Meals together invite grace, I think. "And all were satisfied." (Luke 9:17) Are there situations where I could invite sharing of fragments, hoping towards community?
Is it ironic to celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ just after liturgical changes removed our bodies from the Eucharistic liturgy (an irony in itself)? To me, "And also with you" is quite different from "And with your spirit." This is a feast that honors physicality. The online world truly does offer community. But we hunger also for eye-to-eye smiles.
We celebrate Eucharist in community. It is in community that Christ's presence is made real and whole.
The community that follows Jesus is fragmented, for sure. I wonder if there are gifts in those fragments. I live in communion with a few different fragments of church community, and they sustain my life. Suppose each fragment of our Whole community shared with the others a glimpse of what each finds life-giving? Would we find more common ground than we expect?
I can hardly imagine myself if I lived in solitude. Yet many people, without wishing it, age into a life of solitude. Many people are marginalized from community in other ways. The communities that welcome me - are there groups or people that they unknowingly exclude or ignore?
How do contemplatives who spend most of their lives in silence experience community? In shared commitment, shared work? Prayer and sometimes products that go out to others? There are many ways to be bread for the world.
What a beautiful hope: "And all were satisfied."
May we be Eucharist.