Feed Us

Meg Jenista

Read: Luke 22:14-21

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them. (v. 19)

Some Lord’s Supper liturgies refer to the bread and wine as “ordinary things turned to an extra-ordinary purpose.” There is something of the miraculous afoot in the mundane.

Jesus’ words at table are reminiscent—and intentionally so—of Luke’s story of Jesus feeding the multitude. In both places he offers the same gestures: take, give thanks, break, and give. At the feeding of the 5,000, the result is that “they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces” (Luke 9:17). Ordinary things turned to extra-ordinary purpose. A miracle.

When disciples today participate at the Table of the Lord, we are reminded that God uses even mundane elements to create a miraculous moment. The hope embedded in this truth is that God will use even ordinary people for extra-ordinary purposes.

So when we pray “give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11), we are also asking how we can help make “daily bread” available to those who are hungry, homeless, or hopeless. When we pray, “give us this day our daily bread,” we remember that God is always in the process of claiming ordinary things—including us—for extra-ordinary purposes.

—Meg Jenista

Prayer:
God our provider, thank you for feeding us with daily bread and with Communion bread. We are ordinary people. Please use even us for extra-ordinary purposes in the day to come. Amen.