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.