Eucharistic Overtones

Receiving the Eucharist is an important sacrament in the Church, Throughout the Gospels, there are several passages with Eucharistic overtones. Those being, the Feeding of Five Thousand, the Last Supper (in Mark, Matthew, and Luke), and The Road to Emmaus passage in Luke. Although the Last Supper in the synoptic Gospels is the Passover meal, the food does not seem extravagant. It seems like an ordinary meal. While the Feeding of Five Thousand is a miracle, the food itself is ordinary, as is the meal in the Road to Emmaus. A key ritual in each meal is that Jesus says a blessing and breaks the bread. In the Last Supper, Jesus also blesses the wine. The breaking of the bread is specifically mentioned each time. When the disciples, or believers share in the bread that Jesus has broken, they are experiencing the wondrous body of Jesus. In the Feeding of the Five Thousand, Luke writes, “They all ate and were satisfied” (Luke 9:17). Jesus did not satisfy their hunger, but rather satisfied their souls by sharing the Eucharist with them. In the Road to Emmaus, Cleopas and the other disciple could not recognize Jesus initially. That night though, after Jesus broke the bread and gave it to them, the disciples were enlightened, and were able to recognize their risen savior. The theological emphasis is placed not placed upon the physical sustenance of the food, but rather its spiritual sustenance that Jesus’ body and blood provide for those who receive it.


Of God and Men

When the quote in the prompt is said, the head monk says that if they die, they are doing it out of love. Love for all people and love for God. When they decided to stay, it reminded me of Polycarp originally choosing no to flee his house. All of the monk’s ad reason to stay based on their personal experiences. Although some waivered early on, they eventually found solace with God and were enveloped in his affection. Luc, the doctor, was a focused on healing the people of the village, especially the children. Therefore, he wished to stay. Another monk, believed that fleeing would do no good. Christian, the head monk believed that “wildflowers do not move to catch the sun rays”, so they should not flee to be blessed with the grace of God. As the monk’s death rushes upon them, and they share their last meal together in the monastery, they are scared, and sad, as any human would be. They also find comfort in God’s presence, and, for the most part, face their death bravely. I do not know if I would have been able to make the same decision as the monks, staying in the monastery, and thus dying. I do think that it was the right decision for them to make however, being brothers of God committed to their missionary.  I believe that their staying did have a large affect. Their decision demonstrated to the people what it means to be brave and truly follow what you believe in. This was imperative, as the town leader mentioned earlier in the movie that the village grew up around the monastery.