A Gluten Free God
St. Steven Catholic Church, where I preside at Mass on Sundays, offers gluten free hosts for people who are sensitive to this protein composite found in wheat. Jesus says in today’s Gospel passage that he is “the bread of life.” For most people during the time of Jesus, bread was so basic to their diet that bread and life could be understood as interchangeable words.
Through Baptism we become one with the Paschal Mystery of Christ. Several of the after communion prayers in the Roman Missal make reference that through the grace of God we may become that of which we have just partaken. As God’s people, we are to become life giving bread for others. Even with our sins, flaws, scars, fears, and doubts, we, like Jesus, are to give life, gluten free or otherwise.
Fr. Timothy Guthridge CPPS (KC)
This reflection comes from the Easter Reflections, prepared by the Precious Blood Family of communities:
Adorers of the Blood of Christ (US Region)
Missionaries of the Precious Blood (Atlantic, Cincinnati & Kansas City Provinces)
Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (O’Fallon, MO)
Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton, OH)
Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon
Easter Reflections is available for printing here.