While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Matthew 26: 26
Bread is the quintessential everyday food. While some people are into their fancy sourdoughs, most of the bread we consume is pretty plain. White and brown slices we use to encase our sandwiches, cover with marmalade, or dunk in soup. Simple, filling, nothing to write home about. This was even more true in Jesus day when bread was a staple of ordinary folk’s diets. Bread was cheap, filling, easily available. Nothing fancy, just plain old bread.
But in Jesus’s hand a loaf of bread was transformed into something more. It became a symbol of his body, and sign of the sacrifice to come, and a ritual that would be performed every week since for nearly 2000 years. At that meal, and at every Holy Communion since, the ordinary is transformed into the extra-ordinary. The most everyday of foods made into something sacred.
This is Jesus’s power, that in him the ordinary can go on to do incredible things. If you are ever feeling you aren’t special or important enough to make a difference, remember what Jesus was able to do with just a loaf of bread.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank for the gift of bread and wine. You take the ordinary and you transform it into something incredible. I pray that ordinary though I am, you will work through me. That your love will continue to shape me, and that I will be able to reflect that love to others.
Action: What ordinary thing might God be trying to work through in your life.