Written by: Rachael Keefe

What About the Bread?

Since this week’s gospel reading is the Road to Emmaus and all about the breaking of bread revealing Christ, I’m sharing my poem, “Eucharist” from Barefoot Theology, pg. 35-36. Eucharist sacramental gratitude …

What About the Bread?

Since this week’s gospel reading is the Road to Emmaus and all about the breaking of bread revealing Christ, I’m sharing my poem, “Eucharist” from Barefoot Theologypg. 35-36.

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Eucharist

sacramental gratitude
ritual remembrance
inviting grace

an old ski cabin full of retreating adolescents
a weekend of fellowship and sleep deprivation
closing worship on couches around a coffee table

Kool-Aid and Goldfish crackers out of place
the coffee mug and pitcher went round the room
each poured out red juice while naming a blessing

until the last when the cup overflowed
Unexpected elements but the words were spoken
Jesus met us in that space of serious searching

transforming left-over snacks into a sacred meal
a familiar ritual into a sacred experience
awkward teenagers into disciples

Consubstantiation
Transubstantiation
Spiritual Presence
Meal of Remembrance

Mostly it’s a mystery

Just bring yourself to the table
participate in the promise
taste and see . . .

RCL – Year A – Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

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About Rachael Keefe

Rachael is an author, a pastor, a teacher, and a poet. Her latest book (The Lifesaving Church - Chalice Press) is on faith and suicide prevention. She is currently the pastor of Living Table UCC in Minneapolis, and has launched a spiritual direction practice.

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