Then they told Peter what had happened on the road, and how Jesus had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:35)
Clearly, one meaning of this passage is that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. But a fuller meaning also focusses on the everyday nature of breaking bread together in the first century. This is where the word ‘companion’ comes from – someone with whom I share bread’. So they recognised that Jesus is with them when they gather to share food and fellowship. Pope Francis speaks beautifully of a ‘journey faith’ in a recent interview We need to have the eyes of faith to see Jesus in the reality of our lives. We may also recognise him in hindsight.
Sharing our faith of recognising Jesus in the Eucharist AND community can be a powerful learning for the young people in our care. May we help them to develop the eyes of faith to recognise Jesus in their companions on the journey.
Have a great week!