July 20, Saturday Weekday
His mercy endures forever. — Psalm 136:1
Mass Readings: Exodus 12:37-42/Matthew 12:14-21
Bread of Life
The bread we receive at Communion has its origins in today’s first reading in which the Israelites fled Egypt so fast they didn’t have time to let their bread rise. Unfortunately, the hosts that are normally used at Mass don’t look much like bread, unleavened or not. It can be hard to believe that featherweight white wafers are the same as the bread the Israelites ate or that Jesus blessed and broke at the Last Supper.
While I’ve attended Masses where “real” bread was used, I’ve come to think that maybe it’s best that we don’t use it on a regular basis. If we did, we might be tempted to think too much of its “bready” nature and not enough about the fact it’s the Body of Christ and the Bread of Life.
Prayer: Lord, I am not worthy; say but the word and my soul will be healed.
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