Sunday, February 28th, 2021
Dear friends, welcome to the second Sunday of Lent. I am feeling much better today, I slept well last night and felt very refreshed when I woke. I thank God for these blessings. I pray that you experience the love of God in very real ways today.
“He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’”
— Matthew 17:5
In reading Nouwen’s words for today’s devotional, I discovered a connection with his selected verses I had never before thought of. The experience was as if my thoughts formed a circular pathway that connected seemingly separate stories from the Gospel’s of Matthew and Luke. The connectedness of share a meal, the meal of communion, as we call it now. I have missed the breaking of bread with my church family. Communion is a sacred celebration that is both personal and communal for me. It’s an opportunity to express to one another the story of Jesus’ life and how our lives are in him.
The Bible gives us three accounts of Jesus breaking bread. Each time he took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his friends.
Jesus saw the HUNGRY, felt COMPASSION and FEED them.
1. ➡️ Matthew 14:19, “He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves he handed them to his disciples, who gave them to the crowds.” Matthew 15:36, “and he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks he broke them and began handing them to the disciples, who gave them to the crowds.”
Jesus saying FAREWELL
2. ➡️ Matthew 26:26, “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. ‘Take it and eat,’ he said, ‘this is my body.’”
Jesus on the road to EMMAUS
3. ➡️ Luke 24:30, “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.”
Since the death and resurrection of Jesus, Christians have broke bread in memory of him. The breaking of bread is the celebration of Christ’s story with our own stories. (1).
Salvation’s story is the Father took his only son and sent him into the world so that through him the world might be saved. John 3:16-17, “For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.”
The Bible also gives us two accounts of God calling Jesus his son, his BELOVED.
Matthew 3:17, “And suddenly there was a voice from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’”
Matthew 17:5, “He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’”
Each time we participate in communion, the eating of the bread and drinking from the cup; we have the opportunity to experience the moment with the compassion of Jesus in a very personal manner. Nouwen describes it, “we become his life and are thus enabled to represent his life in our time and place.” (2). I love that no matter our age or the generation we live in, we can experience and celebrate the life of Jesus.
Jesus, is not a fade, he’s never out of date and is always relevant.
The Apostle Paul addressed a letter to the people of Philippi with the following, in order to commend to them, the descending direction on a ladder of life.
Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God,
did not count equality with God
something to be grasped.
But he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
becoming as human beings are;
and being in every way like a human being,
he was humbler yet,
even to accepting death, death on a cross.
— Philippians 2:5-8
Jesus loves his disciples with the same love that the Father lives him,
and as this live makes Jesus one with the Father,
so too does it make the disciples one with Jesus. (3).
Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:
~Nourish Sunday 2
Cook a meal for a friend or neighbor. We never known what people are going through, and even a simple meal can make a big difference in someone’s life.
🛐 Prayer 🛐
God you have told us
to listen to your beloved Son.
Nourish us with your word
and cleanse the eyes of our spirit,
so that we may know your glory.
We ask this through Jesus Christ.
~Charlotte, the Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.
(1) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 40, paragraph 2
(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 41, paragraph 1
(3) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 42, paragraph 1
Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing
(NJBV) New Jerusalem Bible Version/Translation