Excerpts from Pastor Cheryl Hoffman's sermon for Easter's 2nd Sunday, April 11th.
The central belief of Christianity is not that Jesus died, but that Jesus died and rose again. The two grieving disciples, with no notion of the resurrection, have the extraordinary experience of walking along the road to Emmaus, and hearing from an apparent stranger how the Messiah could only come to glory through suffering.
Engrossed by his conversation, the disciples begged him to join them for supper. It was only at the table, when Jesus blessed the bread and broke it, that they suddenly recognized him. Breaking the bread and blessing it, that is the Eucharist for us, too. Jesus reveals himself in the breaking of the bread, although as we expect it, we are not as astonished as those two men.
It would be better, perhaps, if we were astonished, because the Eucharist is the most sacred of gifts.