Bread, a common every day food - for nourishment yet also a spiritual food - I am the bread of life.
All three readings today give us insight into the bread of life.
Proverbs in chapter 9 offers us a wonderful insight but also a challenge -“Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed - super but then the challenge, “conversion “ - “Forsake foolishness that
You may live;advance in the way of understanding. “
Ephesians continues to express this challenge - “Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise... and be filled with the Spirit... singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.”
Now that are hearts are ready and spiritually filled, we come to the Gospel of John and Jesus says “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever... Bread that truly nourishes the Spiritual life.
In the mass, at the consecration ARE we fully aware of what is happening ? - I remember a sister saying to me after making my first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience - she said to me offer offer yourself, your vows with Jesus at Mass each time you are at Mass then be aware of what is happening at the consecration, that this is Jesus coming to you in the form of bread and wine, that was over 52 years ago. Am I, are you, still conscious of this or has the Mass become a routine? If we are truly presence at Mass, we would be more ready to serve one another, to be true bread for the world, namely Jesus, the bread of life.
- Sister RoseAnn
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