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!
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13)
How easily we can be caught up in our tasks, our responsibilities, our worries! At those times we forget about the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit who can guide us, encourage us, strengthen us – guiding us into the truth about ourselves, our world and God’s plan. We can fall into the trap of waiting for the ‘moment of revelation’. The truth has more frequently come to me on a ‘drip feed’. I think that is why the metaphor of journey to describe faith resonates so strongly with so many people. We have some direction, but we can take wrong turns. We have travelling companions – some for longer than others. Sometimes we glimpse the road ahead – but rarely our destination. I look back on my life’s journey – and thank God – and not just for the ‘highs’. ‘Our cups must be hollowed by sorrow so that they can be filled to the brim with joy’ (Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet).
Young people can want it all – right now! We can share some of our story, our journey with young people. This might reassure them that it is enough to have a direction and some companions for the journey, as it can all change without notice!
Have a great week!