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Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Look   at this image of delicious, crusty bread. What is the very first thing that you notice?  Now look again.  Note the different colors of bread, the thick crust, the open spaces and the densely filled.  Imagine the aromas and flavors.

Reflect.  The Collect acknowledges that Jesus is bread, giving life to the world.  Living within us.  Recall a time when your appetite for spiritual sustenance was acute, seemingly insatiable.  And remember your thoughts or feelings during that time of need.  Then recall a time when you were well-nourished by this living bread, when you became aware of receiving a kind of new life.  Specifically, think about what happened during this moment of renewal.

Act.   As the Bread from heaven lives in us, let us find ways to take this bread to those who hunger so desperately for it.  Whether their hunger is a physical one.  Or a spiritual one.  Take a step today to be the bread of life to one of the many famished on this earth.

Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.

Music: “Ambient Sonata”  /Album:  Ambient Sonata  /Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image:   “Bread ”   /Place: Galicia, Spain  /Photographer: Jon Shematek