Jesus is known by the breaking of the bread
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
Three days after Jesus had died and was buried, two friends were walking to a little town called Emmaus. They talked with sadness about all that had happened over the past few days, how Jesus had died and been buried. They talked about the astonishing news from women who had gone to where Jesus was buried - to find no body; instead, angels who told them Jesus was alive!
While they were walking and talking, a stranger joined them and listened to their news. The stranger told them amazing stories about Jesus, from the past.
The two friends invited the stranger to join them for dinner. When he was at the table with the two friends, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then the two friends knew exactly who the stranger was: their dear friend, Jesus!
Friends were walking
Spending time side by side can be a gift.
for some activities from the website
- take some time to share God's wondrous works, outdoors.
They talked with sadness
Why were the friends sad? I wonder if you're feeling sad. Everyone feels sad sometimes. Things to do when you feel sad: talk with friends, draw, sing, move (walk, jump, dance!). Playing can help. Making things, even doing chores, are good activities. And sometimes the best thing to do is to be still and talk to God.
Astonishing news: angels who told them Jesus was alive!
Angels shared the happy news. Make an angel, or a host of angels!
for a paper template to cut and tape: on my computer, enlarging it 175% filled the page just right. Instead of folding the circle down for arms, I left it up, as a halo. (You'll see!) I also trimmed the wings a little to make them a shape that I liked.
A stranger joined them
I wonder how you and your family can be helpful to strangers these days? How can a stranger become a friend? Consider making a poster, pictures, cards, or letters to offer hope, encouragement, and love to our neighbors everywhere. What are other great ideas?
Share them with me!
He listened, he told
Listening is a good way to learn. Here's a silly game about listening: Telephone! Somebody says something quietly to the first person, who repeats it quietly to the next person, who repeats it quietly to the next person, etc., and the last person says what they heard - was it what the first person said?!
for a funny little telephone craft. Have a private chat with God.
A trick to being a good listener is to hear what someone says without wondering what you'll say back. A way to practice listening is to stop, be quiet, and hear all the sounds around you. What do you hear?
Join them for dinner
Meals are a special time for gathering together, and for sharing thanks.
Here's a lovely little prayer - a grace - to say before eating: "Bless our hearts to hear in the breaking of the bread the song of the universe" (Fr. John Guiliani). Or say "Bless this food" in Latin, just because it sounds awesome: Benedicte hunc cibum" (Ben-ay-dik-tay hunk chee-boom!)
"When he was at the table with the two friends, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them."
Jesus did this at the Last Supper! Have you heard this said at Church? You can find these words in our Book of Common Prayer.
Then they knew exactly who the stranger was: their dear friend, Jesus!
If you began a notebook -
"My Peaceful Book"
- last week, or would like to begin one now: add lists, pictures, ideas, memories, dreams - whatever you want. Add to it any time. Keep your book in a quiet place to enjoy whenever you want.