The Gospel of Luke tells us the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus meeting Jesus but only recognizing him in the breaking of bread together. Sharing meals together is important. We exist in a culture that often rejects time spent around a table. Often the television is on or people are using their phones for other communication. If so, are we missing the opportunity to truly share our meal? Jesus Christ is always with us. We invite him to our table when we begin with prayer, when we take time to talk with one another and listen to one another. A meal can be a reaching out in forgiveness. It is a time to slow down and hear one another. Jesus is then in our midst.
Jesus shared so many meals with others. The Gospel of Luke is filled with many examples of these meals. It is probably the reason the disciples recognized him in the breaking of bread in Emmaus. Perhaps this is the time to acknowledge the presence of Christ at our table by the way we celebrate our sharing of a meal. Take the time to make family meals sacred.
We know that life is different now and will remain so for the coming time. Moving forward into a new reality has not caught up with us yet. How do we navigate this change in our daily lives? Deep down we know that it will be a long time before the normal that we knew will once again be a reality and actually it might never be. Life has changed.
It seems that as Christians, we can move forward by not taking our relationship with Jesus Christ for granted, just as we no longer take our lives for granted or our relationships with others for granted. We need to listen to what he teaches us by our attention to prayer, reading of the Scriptures, attendance at Mass, either online or in person, always staying focused on the one who teaches us with authority. As we move on a new path for the future, let us be committed to the one who reveals to us the great love God has for us. If we do this, we can bring love to others as we build the Kingdom of God on earth.