"When Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to his disciples, he summarized in these gestures his own life. Jesus is chosen from all eternity, blessed at his baptism in the Jordan River, broken on the cross and given as bread to the world. Being chosen, blessed, broken and given is the sacred journey of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
When we take bread, bless it, break it, and give it with the words, 'This is the body of Christ', we express our commitment to make our lives conform to the life of Christ. We, too, want to live as people chosen, blessed and broken, and then become food for the world."
- Henri Nouwen