When He Broke the Bread

"Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread." (Luke, 24:35)

The passage, in which the Master is recognized by His disciples as they desperately marched to Emmaus, is of great importance.

Jesus was following them, as an unseen friend, setting the truth in their hearts with warm, sweet formulas.

During the greater part of the crossing they were in the company of this wise loving man. Both of them considered the stranger to be agreeable and generous. It was not until they were sharing the bread that they recognized their dear Master.

The two students had not been able to identify Him, not by His words, nor by His affectionate gestures; but, as soon as the bread appeared after it had been materialized, all their doubts disappeared, and they believed.

Isn't this the same thing that has been occurring in the world for millenniums?

Multitudes of candidates of the faith separate themselves from the divine service, for not having been able to achieve, after certain expectations, the immediate advantages that they had expected in everyday life. Without financial guarantees, without capricious desires satisfied, they do not partake communion in a respectful, faithful and renovating belief.

It is necessary to combat such shortsightedness of the soul.

Blessed be the Lord for the lessons and testimonies, He confers on us; but, you will be very far from the truth if you seek Him solely in the division of the fragmentary and perishable assets.

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 129.