In the Breaking of the Bread
“When he was at table with them he took bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him….Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:31-31a, 35)
Holy Communion is Jesus gift to us so that we will know, not just intellectually or spiritually, but physically and viscerally that he is still with us. Throughout our history, the Church has recognized this sacrament, this family meal, as the reminder that Jesus Christ is the host at our table, and that the food with which he feeds us in his body and blood are the food and drink of eternity which sustains us now for the work he has called us to do.
What we have often forgotten is that every opportunity for table fellowship may also become a sacramental moment when those who share food and drink do so in the spirit of Christian community. Quite literally, that means that Christ is present in our homes, our lunch rooms, and our restaurants, and that by remembering him there, we also bear witness to his resurrection.
The Eucharist, as celebrated in our Church’s is the primary and fundamental form of our worship. But let us not leave the spirit of Eucharist at the altar when we leave the church building. Take it forward to the rest of your life. Remember Jesus whenever you gather for meals. Acknowledge his presence whenever you gather in fellowship, and like the couple on the road to Emmaus, let your eyes be opened and your heart’s set to burning when you encounter him in the breaking of the bread.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!