The Eucharist – more than wine and bread - 25 April 2019

Hennie Symington

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31.

What is the significance of the Eucharist for Christians who have viewed it for the past 2019 years as the sign and essence of the Christian faith? When we partake of the Eucharist, we are reminded that the bread we eat is not ours. It is “our” daily bread which we share amongst one another so that we can be united in a gathering of believers where no-one should be allowed to go hungry if there is bread.

Receive the eternal bread. The community at the table of the Lord, reminds believers that on earth they will be eating bread which does not last, but if this bread is shared with others, they will eat of the eternal bread in the House of our Father. And as we partake of the sacrament, we are called to it in celebration and joy. God grants the joy of breaking bread together with fellow believers while assuring us: “Blessed is the man who will eat of the feast in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 14:15)

Prayer: Lord, when we receive the Eucharist, open our eyes to the need of each one who partakes of heavenly meal. May we use this meal not to exclude others but to invite them to be part of your kingdom on earth. Amen.

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