The third item is “the breaking of bread.” Jesus instituted the breaking of bread to fulfill the same function in the Christian arena, that Passover does in the Jewish arena, or Thanksgiving should do in America. Passover is a yearly celebration of a great deliverance of the Jewish nation. Jews meet to celebrate, to reflect on, and to almost relive this deliverance over again.
Jesus intended break bread to have the same celebratory, reflective and reliving capacities. It was packaged in a simpler way so it could be pjracticed more frequently and taken into every context.
Events, both wonderful and horrific, tend to fade in the human memory. That’s a good thing for most part, especially in horrific cases. There are cases of people who get caught up in a tragedy. As a result, they are unable to ocntinue with normal living. This natural forgetfulness is a compensating mechanism, allowing people to move on.
But there are some event that should not be forgotten, should not fade. (Some of these may include the horrific too.) some events are transforming. Some events are revelutionary. But they need reflection, serious consideration and then, lead to conscious, intentional decisions to change, or to continue on a particular course.
Breaking bread should lead us back to the Cross, our decision to follow Jesus and the life changes since that decision.