Years ago, it was very common in the home to make home-made bread. Gathering together the flour, yeast, eggs, oil, and all the other necessary ingredients to make those eye-appealing savory loaves of bread.
It took time to knead the bread dough, roll it over and knead it again and again. Into the greased bread pans the bread dough went. Gently, the bread pans were covered with a towel, and patiently, the bread maker waited for the bread to rise.
Soon, the bread was ready for the oven. In a short time, the aroma of the bread baking spread throughout the home.
There is nothing more eye appealing then a loaf of homemade bread with butter glazed over the top of it. Years ago this was a daily routine for making homemade bread. It was somewhat of a process and routine.
It was a pleasure to share the fresh home-made bread with family and friends. It was a delightful addition to any table gathering.
When Jesus works with bread, He, too, usually has His same routine: looking to heaven, blessing, breaking, and finally giving. When He gives, there’s always enough. Bread from Jesus will never run out, because it is His very body, given on the cross for the life of the entire world.
Another time in particular, Jesus took five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven and said a blessing, and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples.
He then divided the two fish among them all. They ate until they had their fill.
They gathered up enough leftovers to fill 12 baskets, besides what remained of the fish.
Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men. At that time in history the women and children ate, but weren’t figured in the head count as they were considered property. In other words, He fed a multitude of people. Matthew 14.
Again, down the road, Jesus and His 12 friends (disciples) ate together. The Lord’s Supper, from Matthew 26. This time they not only ate together, Jesus gave them instructions. “Eat this bread,” Jesus said. “When I am gone you will do this again and again. Then you will think of the way I died for you.” Jesus’ friends ate the bread. But they were sad. They didn’t want Jesus to die.
If you look around the world, nation-wide the breaking of bread is a routine. It is done in the Sacrament of the Alter in remembrance for what He did for each and everyone of us.
Come to the table, not because you must, but. . . because you may. Come to the table, not with a hard heart, but. . . with a open heart. Come to the table, not because of friends and family, come and come again to. . . “Do this in remembrance of me.”