Matthias Grünewald, The Resurrection of Christ from The Isenheimer Altarpiece (detail), Musée d'Unterlinden, Colmar, 1510-15
Readings for Mass
First Reading: Acts 8:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gospel: John 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (NRSV, Jn 6:35).”
Let us pray.
Father, we are grateful for the gift of the Eucharist in which we celebrate the continuing presence in our lives of the Word made flesh under the tangible and visible signs of bread and wine.
Your act that is the Eucharist is the same act in which the Word challenges every human being in every place, and of every time, to accept and grow in your life, acceptance which is faith in you through the Word, faith that is often anonymous and implicit.
Father, in every moment, not only when we celebrate the Eucharist, may we recognize your presence in our lives through the Word made flesh, and say “yes” to the challenge with which he confronts us, for he is truly the bread of life.