41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all.
When we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, there are four essential actions: take, bless, broke, and give. Next time you are at church, look for these four elements as the priest takes the bread, give thanks to God on behalf of the community, breaks it, and gives it to the people.
I believe that this four-fold action should also be the four essential actions of our lives. First, we take hold of this Christian life and commit ourselves to the Lord. Then we give thanks for all that God has done for us. At this moment of backward-looking thanksgiving, our hearts are broken open. We are broken open by gratitude and love for God, and this leads us into the final action. God gives us as bread for the world.
Together, we are the Body of Christ. I pray that your hearts are broken open this day, and that you are given away as bread for this hungry and desperate world.
The Rev. Jimmy Abbott