THIS IS NO ORDINARY MEAL - SERMON ON ISAIAH 25:6-9 AND LUKE 24:13-49, REV. JOSEPH C. ALSAY, ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
“This is No Ordinary Meal”
Isaiah 25:6-9 & Luke 24:13-49
Every meal prepare with love is a feast.
This is no ordinary thing we do here this evening. We use ordinary things—a building, benches, wine, and bread—but it's no ordinary thing we do together.
This is not an ordinary sack lunch we might pack with us to work or to school and eat at our convenience.
It's not a fast-food fill we take as a break.
It's not grazing our way through the leftovers in the fridge, stuffing our faces as we watch the clock.
Nor is this a frozen dinner, thawed and microwaved mercilessly, stripped of its plastic, and eaten alone in silence in front of the television.
This is no ordinary meal. It won't fill, but it will satisfy something deep within us. It can't last, but it will linger in our souls. It holds no great variety, but it does carry the truth of love.
It’s at Emmaus, that the risen Jesus Christ takes, blesses, breaks and gives the bread to the two disciples. The hands that take the bread on this occasion are the same hands that took the bread to feed the crowd, and to share that last meal with his disciples. With his nail-scarred hands, Jesus takes, blesses, breaks and gives. It what do when---each week following his example we dare to take, bless and give.
That's what we do this evening. We celebrate a feast of love—not so much in the meal, but in the joy of what takes place here. In the promise that the risen One will reveal himself to us in the word spoken, and in the bread broken.
So, come Lord Jesus and be our guest and let these gifts to us be blessed.
This is no ordinary meal.
~Rev. Joseph C. Alsay, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
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