By Brooke Holt
“O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” The Collect for the Third Sunday in Easter, The Book of Common Prayer
Where do you feel closest to the Lord, or where do you sense his presence and see his glory? I have heard many people say they most powerfully experience God’s presence while out in nature. Others say it is in church or in their individual quiet times. Still others are most aware of God’s presence and work in them when serving – in a soup kitchen, through teaching a Sunday School class, praying for people in the hospital, etc.
Throughout the Scripture readings assigned for this Sunday, Jesus reveals himself. He longs to be known by his people. Thus, Jesus will walk with the distraught disciples on the road to Emmaus; he will fulfill his promise through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost; and he will continue to empower and equip the church to live in faithfulness.
So today we pray Jesus would make himself known to us through the breaking of bread. As we gather to worship the Lord as a church, we know Jesus is present with us. The Scripture teaches about him, the songs exalt him, and the Eucharist reminds us yet again of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us.
As you prepare to go up to the table, you will hear these words from the celebrant: “The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 364). You are the one he has redeemed. You are the one he loves. You are also the one he has called to come and follow him. Do you see him, hear him, and put your faith in his redemptive work for you? Are you responding to him in faith and with thanksgiving?
Jesus sits on his throne today. He reigns now and forever more, and he invites you to come and to share in his glory. He beckons you to be reconciled to his Father and to live in unity with him and his people. Whether in nature, worship, your favorite chair, or your favorite ministry – come. Come ready to behold him today.
Will you join in this prayer today asking that your eyes would be open to see, and your heart would be open to receive all that Jesus has done for you? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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