Jesus has been made known to them in the breaking of the bread
Again, we are faced with Jesus’ loved ones not recognizing him immediately. This seems so strange considering the time they had spent together and the intimacy of their work. However, it was not a coincidence that this was when then two finally recognized Jesus. It is through the breaking of the bread that we are able to see Christ; to recognize him among us. Why is this? The Eucharistic table is where we will come together; I believe this is the first place we will “see” the face of Christ in each other.
Jesus is made known to all of us through the Eucharist. Every Sunday when we come together to hear the word of God and share in His body and blood. In the prayers spoken, in our movements, in our being with one another. This is why we celebrate, so that we can encounter Christ. It is when we gather we find out where and how we are needed to serve; this is where we see the needs of our community. How could we understand the needs of the community if we don’t gather? In THE EUCHARIST: SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH, a document written in preparation of the synod on the Eucharist; we hear “The Eucharist is the basis for the missio ad gentes and the means to bring it to perfection.” This comes under the title “The Social Meaning of the Eucharist”.
We have an opportunity like no other through the Eucharist, to hear what God is calling us to. As we are in community, it will become apparent not only the needs of those among us, but also, the gifts and opportunities in others. It is here at the Eucharistic Table; with our sisters and brothers, we will understand the mission of the church and the role that of each of us are called to within that mission.
By Serena Shaw