Bread for our Journey of Faith
by C. P. S.
We are not left alone to puzzle our way through life.
The Bread of God's Word, the essential sustenance and guidance
for our daily life, is there to break open.
All that is true about God and ourselves and our world
is there, accessible, to change and transform us.
When will we be really hungry for this Bread?
When will we have time to listen?
When will we be trusting enough
to let it make a vital difference?
And we are not only offered the Bread of his Word
for good times and bad,
but also the Sacramental Bread,
so that we might know how to approach
and make response to God's Living Word.
When the Bread of God's word is received and acted upon,
when the Sacramental Bread, that deposits grace
into the very centre of ourselves, truly takes effect,
then we are more aware and responsive
to a kind word here, a prayer there, or a reaching out in forgiveness
where Christ's healing peace had not been welcomed.
When we break open both the Bread of God's Word
and the Bread of Christ's Body,
then the Body of Christ can be truly shared,
so that both ourselves and those we encounter
will know how to face the future as indeed a journey of Faith,
with all the Saints cheering us on our way.
God's Bread for our journey is always
through the saving cross to resurrection glory.
Ash on our heads, gold beneath our feet,
palms in our hands,
through Christ's wounds made glorious now embracing us,
if only we will let him was our feet
so that we will have the courage and humility
to wash the feet that need it most.