Breaking of the Bread   Leave a comment

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Today is the day in the Christian calendar when believers remember Jesus creating a way for all believers to share and reflect upon what he offered on the cross.  After his death and resurrection, it is recorded that he was once again sitting down for a meal with a couple of his disciples and when he broke the bread and offered it to them, they recognized who was with them.  As I reflected on these faith events, I came to ponder what occurs when we sit together for a meal.

In this overly hectic life, many of us have limited opportunities to sit down with others for a meal.  Families are always so busy running to events and completing commitments that meals are usually caught on the run.  For single people, the are limited opportunities to sit down with others for a meal.  It seems that no matter what your status, meals at a table are rare events.

However, there are many times which I can remember where it is around a table, sharing a meal, when memorable events occur.  When I reflect back on life, many very positive memories center around a special meal, for a holiday, or a birthday, or because of a life change.  There is something about breaking bread together (another way to say share a meal) where opportunities open up.  People tend to share a lot of information about themselves and their lives when they are sitting together at a table.  Breakthroughs in discussions and negotiations seem to occur a bit easier when you have shared a meal together.

I do not think that it is by chance that Jesus established what we know as the Lord’s Supper, Communion, or the Eucharist.  In his actions, he took what was ordinary and natural for people and turned those items into something extraordinary.  He elevated the importance of sharing meals together.  He reminded us that we recognize one another as individuals better when we have broken bread together.

So today, if you are a believer and will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper, I encourage you to take time to reflect upon what really took place around that table so long ago.  If you are not a believer, I encourage you to reflect upon what has and can take place when you sit down with others for a meal.  May you discover the enrichment which occurs when you break bread with others.  Find opportunities to do this as often as possible.


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