May 1, 2019

The Breaking of the Bread

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:28-31)

 

This is one of the most extraordinary passages in all of Scripture. Jesus, having promised to be present to the disciples during this last meal with them the night before he died, fulfills this promise to them in real-time, as it were. Having been ‘incognito’ while walking with them on the road, Jesus is recognized in the breaking of the bread. Jesus continues to fulfill his promise to us each time we celebrate the Eucharist, as he commanded us to. When have you recognized him in the sacrament, as the disciples recognized him that evening on the road to Emmaus?

 

Let us pray: O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Turn: Find a moment for the Eucharist today. Attend the 9:00AM service at St. Mark’s or another weekly Eucharist nearby to where you work. Or take a moment simply to be with the Eucharistic prayers in our Book of Common Prayer, meditating on when Jesus has been present to you in the sacrament. Give thanks for it, and consider how you can make the Eucharist a greater part of your devotion to our Lord.

The Second Big Bang is a daily meditation for Eastertide curated by Fr. Justin Crisp, our Associate Rector and Theologian-in-Residence. Meditations follow the schedule of readings for our Eastertide adult forums, feature prayers for the season of Easter according to the Book of Common Prayer and Lesser Feasts and Fasts, and are patterned on the seven practices of The Way of Love, a rule of life for the Episcopal Church.