HHH: Guest post by Shae Bloem: Break bread: another kind of Holy Communion

Today’s Holy Habits for Headspace post is written by my friend Shae Bloem. Wise beyond her years, beautiful inside and out. You can have more of her words here.

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Allow me to draw a parallel:

Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” (About five thousand men were there.)

But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. (Luke 9:10-17)

 

Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to all who were there to see Him. And there was enough for everyone who ate. Their hunger was no more.

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:7-38)

Jesus took the bread – as a representation of His body – and gave thanks, broke it and gave it to His disciples.

And to each person who crucified Him.

And to each person who watched Him die.

And to each person who ever lived.

All we’re required to do is take the bread – His body. Broken.

Our shame is no more. Our sin is no more. Our suffering is no more.

His Salvation has satisfied.

 

Related posts: Stay in the moment  Stay in the stream  Stay in the Word  Stay on the wall  Stay in the pool

 

 

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