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He took bread….a second time February 12, 2012

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical.

The last supper is famous for being Christ’s last meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take eat; this is My body.” Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin”. (Matt 26: 26-28).

Perhaps less famously known is that Jesus Christ not only broke Holy Communion before His crucifixion but again after He resurrected from the dead. “Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.” (Lk 24: 30)

This giving of His Holy Body after His resurrection was what it took for the disciples’ eyes to be opened to know that it was Jesus Christ who was speaking to them.

I often feel that we can relate to these disciples. Despite them having great faith in God and knowing Him, it was all forgotten in a quick space of time. When the chips were really down (i.e. when Christ was arrested) practically all of His disciples fled for their lives in fear.

We fall easily into the misconception that Christianity brings easy glory, but it really tests your character and faith. Some say that they follow Christ, but when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble because they do not have any strong root.

Christ gives us warnings after warnings. He sends messages to us continually, even though we consistently ignore his messages. We should be thankful that he never leaves us, even though we leave him. We are fortunate that Christ not only broke bread before his crucifixion but after his death as well. I wonder what would have eventuated for His disciples if He did not give His bread a second time?

It’s probably more worthwhile focusing on his kindness and saying thank you for not ignoring us.

Thus we can appropriately say this lovely hymn (Somatos) after partaking Holy Communion in weekday Lent.

For the Body and Blood of the only Begotten God: of which we have partaken, we give thanks

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

For the Body and Blood of the only Begotten God: of which we have partaken, we give thanks

Now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen  




1. Mike - February 12, 2012

– Why did Christ break bread the second time? And more importantly why did He only break bread with the two disciples from Emmaus, and not to the eleven disciples?
– Why was he offered food to eat in order to prove that He had a body and that His flesh resurrected from the dead? Broiled fish and honeycomb!

daniel ayad - February 13, 2012

Good questions Mike

Jesus is shown to be eating bread and fish to reinforce that He was risen, and was not simply a disembodied spirit.

St Cyril of Alexandria says that Christ ate fish and honeycomb “To produce in them a more firmly settled faith in His Resurrection, He asked for something to eat…He did this only to show them that the One risen from the dead was the same One Who ate and drank with them during the whole previous period of time when He talked with them as a man.”

Christ broke bread a second time to show the great importance and benefits of this sacrament.

On the second time He only broke bread with the two disciples, not the eleven.

He had just spent a long day conversing and reasoning together with them. After all of the time spent together He wanted to open their eyes and realise that He was still alive. He gave them vision and this vision was immediately passed on to the eleven disciples. “so they (the two from Emmaus) rose up that hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

So even though the eleven were not directly present when Christ broke bread a second time, they heard and got this message of Communion within a very short space of time.

Perhaps they needed to hear this from the two Emmaus disciples before He appeared to them as the eleven were still troubled and weak in faith.

I mean even when Christ appeared to the eleven they still did not believe. He had to eat food and explain the scriptures to reinforce that He was risen.

See this web for more reference to your first question

2. bishoymarcus - February 12, 2012

Great Post!

The Angels are Jealous of the Gift and Grace of the Eucharist afforded to Man!

Whereas they bow down and cover their eyes saying Holy Holy Holy, Christ has given the ultimate Gift his body every liturgy!

Scripture says we were created just below the Angels, in my opinion we were blessed more than the Angels!

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