Breaking Bread

How long , O Lord? Will you forget me forever? Psalm 13

Because I don’t always do the right thing, I realize that sometimes, love needs time to respond. In retrospect, I know that in my shortcomings as a child, my mother could not ignore me forever, although at times it seemed as if she did. We lived in the same house and there were times when we did not interact with one another as much, such as in morning routines. But I grew up during a time when we always sat down together to eat at the dinner table. Eventually, the silence was always broken. It generally began with a question like “Would you pass the rice please?”

Food brings people together. Physically or spiritually it’s one of those common denominators in all Christian faiths. Some denominations break bread once a month, others once a week and some every day. However,”Breaking bread” is more than what we experience in our brick and mortar houses of worship. If we are the house in which Christ lives, in his steadfast love, he breaks bread with us and this is what we should also experience every time we share a meal with one another. How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13) – only until the next meal.

Luke 9:1-17 But he said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ …And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled.

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