A Eucharist Journey: Day 8 of 8

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Recognized

-Joshua M. Casey

Then he said to them, “You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory? Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.

When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. “It is nearly evening,” they said, “and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; but had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?”

They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, “Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognized him at the breaking of bread.[1]

How often do we miss The Christ standing within our midst? How often are we also blinded and “so slow to believe the full message” we have received? Perhaps it is because we have too long prized the apologist over the poet, reason over spirit, and so have missed the entire point of the Incarnation of The Christ in Jesus of Nazareth two thousand years ago: namely, that we ourselves become the ongoing Incarnation.

As the 14th Century mystic Meister Eckhart has said:

All beings
are words of God,
His music, His
art.
Sacred books we are, for the infinite camps in our souls.
Every act reveals God and expands His being.[2]

In the Eucharist we practice, rehearse, remember that God is present so that we might be able to turn with the eyes of love upon a world desperate for Divine affirmation. In the Eucharist, in this breaking of bread, we recognize the mystery of the Cosmic Christ in the simple and mundane, thereby turning all creatures into sacred books, allowing the world to finally be “charged with the grandeur of God”[3]

The evangelism of Christ is not heroic expeditions of salvation, taking our God someplace He has not yet come. Rather, it is first and foremost a call for me to awaken to the movements of the Divine within myself, and then all creation. Because that’s really what this whole exercise of Eucharist is about: seeing The Christ within the world. For if I can see Divinity in simple bread and wine, surely–surely I could see Divinity in you. And that is Good News.

[1] Luke 24:25-35 JB
[2] Eckhart, Meister. "Expands His Being." Poet Seers, n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017. <http://www.poetseers.org/spiritual-and-devotional-poets/christian/meist/meistp/expand/>.
[3] Hopkins, Gerard Manley. "God's Grandeur." Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017. <https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44395>.


About The Author

Joshua M. Casey worked as a campus pastor for eight years and is passionate about connecting the church of today to the practices of our past. He lives in Bloomington, IN with his family and writes regularly at joshuamcasey.wordpress.com and can be found on Twitter @thejmcasey and Facebook.com/jmcasey7.