This week we meet Jesus again. This time he joins two disciples travelling to Emmaus. They do not recognise him even though he, ‘beginning with Moses and all the prophets, interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.’ He was only made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
At the moment we are fasting. We are fasting from many things but as Christians we are fasting from gathering every Sunday to share the bread and wine of Holy Communion. Instead each Sunday we can listen to a service on local radio at 08.00am, a service on Radio 4 at 08.10am or to Songs of Praise later in the day. We can simply light a candle, pray the Lord ’s Prayer and pray for the world. Equally we may break bread and drink wine at home using the words Paul wrote to those early Christians in Corinth. This is a different translation from The Message:
‘Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said,
This is my body, broken for you.
Do this to remember me.
After supper, he did the same thing with the cup:
This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you.
Each time you drink this cup, remember me.
What you must solemnly realise is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you re-enact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.’
I hope and pray that you are all well, looking after yourselves and keeping in touch with one another.
The following link may help with this service.
This takes you to a recording of David Suchet reading the readings set for each Sunday.