In his epistle to the Romans, Paul teaches believers about the purpose behind outward rituals, particularly those associated with the law of Moses. Their intent is to draw the heart and mind toward Jesus Christ, though that significance may be lost in the routine if we are not intentional about remembering.
This idea was taught among the Anti-Nephi-Lehies in the Book of Mormon, who “did keep the law of Moses, [but] did look forward to the coming of Christ” (Alma 25:15). They understood that the law “[served] to strengthen their faith in Christ” but did not replace their dependence on Him (Alma 25:16).
Jorge Cocco’s painting “Jesus partiendo el pan (Jesus Breaking the Bread)” reminds its viewers to see Christ as part of every ordinance, including the sacrament. As continued by priesthood holders in churches across the globe today, Christ is shown breaking bread as congregants bow their heads, in humility and gratitude, for this gift of grace offered to them and to each of us.-Lucy Lacanienta, Research Assistant