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Bread

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There are a few times that bread is mentioned in the Bible. But today, being Holy Thursday, I wanted to focus on a few.

In Exodus we see manna, bread from heaven. In the middle of the desert, God the Father gave the Israelites their fill – there was always enough. God instructed the Israelites to gather enough for each person everyday and not store any for the next day (except on the sixth day, they were also to gather some for the Sabbath). Any excess that was stored became spoiled. I can’t even pretend to know the wisdom of God, but I think He wanted to teach us (and the Israelites) a few things here. Firstly, God knows what we need and He will provide for us. So as we become dependent on Him and His faithfulness and learn to trust Him, we know there’s no need to worry about tomorrow. Secondly, He was testing how obedient the Israelites would be. They failed, as do we so many times (well I do, anyway) to listen to God and to trust that He knows what He’s doing.

This miracle of manna is mirrored in the New Testament when Jesus multiplies the loaves and fish, feeding the 5,000. (By the way, it was 5,000 men – there were also many women and children. Woah!) Jesus could have easily turned away the multitudes, but His “heart was moved with pity for them”. God doesn’t abandon us or leave us alone to fend for ourselves. God the Son blessed and broke the bread and gave it to His disciples to pass around and there was more than enough. Christ isn’t limited to the people who went to mass tonight or the kids that go to Catholic schools or the people who pray. We should be like the disciples, and pass Christ around. Our share of the bread will never diminish. The more of ourselves we give, the more bread we give to those around us, the more God will replenish what we have in our baskets.

The last instance I’m writing about today, of course is the bread He broke at the Last Supper.  Christ offered Himself to us for our spiritual nourishment. Those that ate manna in the desert died in the desert. The manna that we’re being offered is the taste of Heaven and leads us to eternal life. At mass every day, our priests call on God the Holy Spirit to consecrate the bread and wine to become this Heavenly manna. How blessed are we to be able to receive it? How blessed are we to be able to even see Christ in the beauty of the blessed Sacrament? Every time we approach the Eucharist or the tabernacle, let’s remember what was given up and how much He wants to give us.

I was a bit reluctant to post this, because I know I’m lacking in knowledge and understanding but I’ve accepted that even if  I lived 1,000 years and my whole life was dedicated to studying theology , I still wouldn’t be able to grasp the fullness of the mystery of the Eucharist. Maybe someday Christ Himself will explain it to me.

Have a happy and holy Easter x

Eucharist

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Written by Candice

March 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

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  1. Praise God for your post!

    We’re immensely blessed. Too blessed to realise how blessed we are. In relation to your thoughts on that last instance… it takes a great act of faith to constantly be aware of His presence in the Eucharist and why He is there to begin with so thank you for the reminder :).

    On another note, thanks for allowing us to experience God’s wisdom through your insight on bread and being humble enough to point out the limitations of being human. I’m sure God appreciates you sharing Him with other so please keep doing it!

    God Bless, mate!

    Human

    March 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm


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