While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” – Mark 14:22 (CEB)

Jesus was already at table with his disciples when he took the bread and reframed the meal. Already sharing a meal and conversation. Already sharing their lives.

It was in the midst of all of this that Jesus reached for a loaf of bread on the table. He took it into his hands and gave thanks. Did the disciples wonder why he did this? Surely, they had already said all the required prayers.

Maybe they had ceased being surprised at what Jesus did. After all, he always seems to say the thing we don’t expect, reach out to the person we don’t see, choose the path we don’t want to take.

Did they even hear the blessing over the rest of the conversation? Maybe they always listened to every word Jesus said. I hope so because otherwise they might have missed this blessing. They might have missed seeing Jesus tear the bread, rending what had been carefully prepared by an anonymous baker woman for this meal in the upper room.

I hope they were paying attention as Jesus gave the bread to them, crumbs falling on the table. I hope they realized it wasn’t just about the bread but about the one who was giving it to them. I hope they recognized their true hunger and what Jesus was offering them.

“Take, this is my body.”

Blessed for us.

Broken for us.

Given to us.

Thanks be to God.

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This week’s Five-Minute Friday prompt is take. Read more here.

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  1. That moment when Jesus broke the bread must have been so beautiful and poignant. It makes me wonder how much the disciples really understood it at the time.

    1. I think we’re still trying to understand it.

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