Babette’s Feast and Eucharist II

babette's Feast

Let us pray from David Fleming, SJ

Jesus, may all that is you flow into me.

May your body and blood be my food and drink.

May your passion and death be my strength and life.

Jesus, with you by my side enough has been given.

May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross.

Let me not run from the love which you offer,

but hold me safe from the forces of evil.

On each of my dyings

shed your light and your love.

Keep calling to me until that day comes,

when, with your saints,

I may praise you forever.  AMEN

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (24:13-35)

13 On that same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,14 and they were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them; 16 they saw him, but somehow did not recognize him. 17 Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about to each other, as you walk along?”

They stood still, with sad faces. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have been happening there these last few days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. “This man was a prophet and was considered by God and by all the people to be powerful in everything he said and did. 20 Our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and he was crucified. 21 And we had hoped that he would be the one who was going to set Israel free! Besides all that, this is now the third day since it happened. 22 Some of the women of our group surprised us; they went at dawn to the tomb, 23 but could not find his body. They came back saying they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive. 24 Some of our group went to the tomb and found it exactly as the women had said, but they did not see him.”

25 Then Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are, how slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! 26 Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and then to enter his glory?” 27 And Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures, beginning with the books of Moses and the writings of all the prophets.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther; 29 but they held him back, saying, “Stay with us; the day is almost over and it is getting dark.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 He sat down to eat with them, took the bread, and said the blessing; then he broke the bread and gave it to them.31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Wasn’t it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up at once and went back to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven disciples gathered together with the others 34 and saying, “The Lord is risen indeed! He has appeared to Simon!”

35 The two then explained to them what had happened on the road, and how they had recognized the Lord when he broke the bread.

Oh, for the pleasure of a meal with friends!  Friendship is a kind of sacrament all its own.  We share histories with our friends.  We tell the story of our lives and find common ground.  And when we come together, we share food.  The warmth and comfort of a meal reflects the nature of our relationship with one another.  We celebrate the union of our hearts around the table.  In the unique gathering of our Eucharist, we also acknowledge the great story of God and our relationship with the Holy One through Jesus Christ.  Our eyes are opened in this meal to recognize the common ground we hold with Divinity:  the reign of God itself.  Our friendship with God through Christ is true yesterday, today, and forever.  This is what our faith means.  Everything we need to know about God is in this meal  (“Exploring the Sunday Readings”, Ap 1999, A).  How do we see this in the film?

Eucharist is a unique sacrament because it is what it does. We participate in it and then become it.  It is a revelation.  God reveals Godself to us in Eucharist as we reveal ourselves.  We commune.  What is being revealed in this film?

Let us pray

Jesus, our friend,

How often do you do reveal yourself to us

and we don’t notice?

Open our minds and hearts

so we may see you in the multitude of ways

that you come to us.

May our seeing set our hearts on fire

to be fully who we are meant to be

and fully do what we are meant to do.  AMEN

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