Study: Recall profound moments of Holy Communion in your life – your First Communion; Communion at a major event; Communion when you faced a particular need.
Pray: The next time you receive the Body of Christ, open your heart to the grace and power of the Lord.
Serve: Perhaps you know someone who is not able to get to Mass; consider ways to bring Communion, have a visit, or arrange a way to get to Mass.
They were two disciples. They had followed Jesus, believed in Jesus, and now were on the road to Emmaus after the death of the Lord. While we do not know what they were saying to each other, I can only imagine their doubt, fear, and confusion. They had placed their hope in Jesus, and he had died.
They meet a stranger. We know he is Jesus, but we are told that “their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.” The stranger begins talking with them, listening to them, and then he begins to teach and explain.
On the road we learn that the stranger shows all the prophecies and messages within the Scriptures. He tells them that it was necessary that the messiah would suffer death and then enter into glory. He talked for most of the seven mile walk about Moses and all the prophets, and when they reached Emmaus he looked like he was going farther.
Still they did not recognize him. Yet he spoke with such fire and insight the disciples begged him to stay with them. At the meal he:
- took bread,
- said the blessing,
- broke it,
- and gave it to them. (Luke 24:30)
And their “eyes were opened” and they knew that it was the Lord. In the breaking of the bread the disciples recognized Jesus in their midst. He had taught them through the Scriptures, and he was revealed to them through the meal.
This is what we do at every Mass. First, we open our hearts to the Scriptures, that like the disciples we might hear how God continues to speak to us today. Then we put into practice the command of Jesus to take bread and wine which we:
in his name that we might receive the Body and Blood of Jesus himself (this is in Mt. 26:26-29; Mk. 14:22-25; Lk. 22:19-20; Jn. 6:51-58; 1 Cor. 11:23-24).
This weekend we welcome our 2nd grade children at the Cathedral to join us as we follow the command of Jesus Christ. We pray that these children and their families will continue to grow closer to the Lord through their communion. And we pray that all of us will continue to recognize the Lord in our midst, through the breaking of the bread.