They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
These apostles were the ones who had lived with Jesus day in and day out. They sat with him around the table many times and it was there they saw the power of breaking bread together. In fact, they probably heard Jesus’ words echoing in their minds when he broke bread with them and said, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) This breaking bread together between Jesus and his disciples is known as the Eucharist. Eucharist is derived from the greek word “eukharistia” which means thanksgiving. It is truly an act of thanksgiving to come together with a brotherhood or sisterhood with whom we can have all things in common. It is our common love for Jesus that unites us and fills us with joy making us glad. We see that the early church was formed through the power of the Holy Spirit but it was cultivated around the table, that is where “they praised God and enjoyed the favor of all the people.” Could this be a reminder and invitation that we too are called to be frequent patrons of the table? That our breaking bread together is a courageous act of thanksgiving to the Lord and another reminder of his body broken because He desired this community and unity for us.