“This is my body given for you.”
I’ve been pondering this a lot during pregnancy, especially during the worst of hyperemesis gravidarum.
That’s theology of the body in a nutshell, isn’t it? I think in that statement Jesus is not only showing us what he’s doing on the cross, but also demonstrating a pattern that we are to follow – the body as a gift.
So the “this” in, “Do this in remembrance of me” not only references taking the bread and wine, remembering Christ’s giving, but is also a command to give our bodies for others in remembrance of him (in service, in physical suffering, in marriage, in parenting, …).
Romans makes a similar exhortation, “Therefore I urge you brothers in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship.”