“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
The disciples, burdened by grief and disappointment, had difficulty recognizing the presence of God in their midst. They needed to first see God in the familiar (a communal meal) before they could see God in a new way. It was in the communal meal, the blessing and breaking of bread, that they were able to recognize God with them, despite their grief and disappointment.
Life is filled with opportunities to share in communal meals with friends, with family, with the less fortunate, or with a community of faith, which includes all of these and more. Fast-food-style meals on the run will never achieve this.
The power of personal presence, the sharing of a time and space with others over the blessing and breaking of bread in gratitude, can open our eyes and our hearts to see that God is in our midst even in our troubles.