May 11, 2019
LUKE 24:30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
For several days we have mediated on the four ritual movements of the Eucharist. Today, let’s look at the fifth. He took, blessed, broke and gave bread to them. They ate and they went. The last words of a Eucharist is the dismissal by the waiter (deacon), “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord,” “Thanks be to God,” we say as we head for the exits. As I often say, “We are to be for others what we have received at the table. In other words,
“If you have been fed, be bread!”
In hope, in spite of the facts.