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.


3 thoughts on “Eucharistic Overtones

  1. I liked the emphasis that you put on the Eucharist’s power to satisfy people’s souls. The Body of Christ in these passages does provide spiritual nourishment for the disciples at the Last Supper, the people listening to Jesus preach, and the apostles on the road to Emmaus.

  2. I like how you emphasize how these three meals are not extravagant in any way, and instead the only important aspects are the bread and wine being blessed and allowing Christ to satisfy us.

  3. I agree, I like the direct connection you make between the fact that some of the most significant moments in Jesus’ relationship with his disciples occurs at meals, reflecting that Jesus provides spiritual nourishment at a time when they are receiving physical nourishment.

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