The two disciples whom Jesus joined on the road to Emmaus recognised him in the breaking of the bread. What is a more common, ordinary gesture than breaking bread? It may be the most human of all human gestures: a gesture of hospitality, friendship, care, and the desire to be together. Taking a loaf of bread, blessing it, breaking it, and giving it to those seated around the table signifies unity, community, and peace. When Jesus does this he does the most ordinary as well as the most extraordinary. It is the most human as well as the most divine gesture.
The great mystery is that this daily and most human gesture is the way we recognise the presence of Christ among us. God becomes most present when we are most human.
Henri Nouwen, from Bread for the Journey
What Jesus, the Bread of Life, is telling us is who we are underneath our clothes, who we are before we did anything right or anything wrong, who we are from the first moment of our existence. And that self is the true life, the life that cannot be destroyed. It cannot be given to us and it cannot be taken away. Do you know why? Because we have it, and it’s largely a matter of awakening to it!
And when we do, when we know as Paul knew one wonderful day: “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20), then we will kneel and kiss the ground and be in touch with the Really Real.
As St. Therese of Lisieux said, “It’s all about confidence and it’s all about gratitude.” May we be drawn into that confidence and gratitude that come from knowing I’m God’s son, I’m God’s daughter! And God is in me and I am in God. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Richard Rohr, adapted from Eucharist as Touchstone (CD)
All we are is fed and healed and shaped in the Eucharist, in the real encounter with the risen Christ. All we have been is forgiven, all we could be is nourished and made real. Whoever eats this bread will live forever (John 6:51).
I’m back online. The move has gone better than I could have hoped, and BT have excelled themselves getting the phone enabled, and the broadband active, within 24 hours. It’s good to be home—and tomorrow is Sunday…