On this Good Friday (which is very snowy and not all that good:), we remember the word "gave."
After Jesus had taken, blessed, and broke the bread, he then gave it to the disciples. This is significant because Jesus gives us everything we need to make it in life and to grow in our lives of faith. His gifts are amazing, his love is unending, and this is shown in the fact that he gave his life for us. Even after he had died and was raised from the dead, he kept giving to us. He gives us the Spirit, so we can be empowered to be his Body, the Church, here on earth. He gives us the gift of forgiveness, so that we can forgive as we have been forgiven. He just keeps on giving.
But we are also given. We are given to others to be a light in their lives. We are given gifts so that we may share those gifts with the world. You see, we are blessed to be blessings to others. Christ desires to use us as his hands and feet in the world that he has created, and we are the ones chosen to do this task. The beauty of all these gifts we are given, and the fact that we are given to others, is that each of use was created differently - we were created as unique individuals with unique talents and called to use them in unique ways. We are special in God's eyes, and if we do not give ourselves and our gifts to others, then the body is incomplete.
This day, let us all reflect back on the gifts we have been given and how we have been given to others, and let us have open eyes to celebrate the gift of Christ in our lives.