Blog Post 12 Question 3

The meals described in all of these accounts can be placed into two groups. The passages about the Last Supper all involve a Passover meal. The other two; however, are simply normal meals. Every single meal includes Jesus taking bread, saying a blessing, breaking the bread, and then distributing the bread among the guests of the meal. This fact is a little different between the two groups of meals. In the Feeding of the Five Thousand and the Appearance on the Road to Emmaus Jesus only performs this action. Yet in the Passover meals, Jesus also takes a cup, gives thanks, and then gives it to his guests. To further polarize these accounts, in the Last Suppers in the gospels of Mark and Matthew the bread is broken and then the cup is blessed, yet in Luke’s account these actions are reversed.

The theological implications of some of these choices are obscure, yet it is fairly evident that the gospel writers wanted to stress the importance of the Eucharist and accepting Christ into our lives. The bread represents the body of Christ which is first seen in the Feeding of the Five Thousand and then explicitly made clear in the Last Supper accounts. It is also important to note that people are accepting the body of Christ in both ritual and normal meals. This can be understood that the gospel writers wanted to stress the fact that we can always be accepting Christ into our lives, not just at certain occasions. 

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2 thoughts on “Blog Post 12 Question 3

  1. ehunckle says:

    As you mentioned, these all have subtle references to the Eucharistic meal. Also, I liked how you mentioned that the people accepting the Eucharist were in all the examples as people accepting Christ.

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