Bread: Wheat, Rye, Challah, Babka, Brioche, Wonder, Matzo, tortilla, Pita…. Every culture has bread of some kind. Basically, some kind of flour and water, often with yeast or some kind of leavening, and other enhancements. Baked or fried, basic, staple food for humankind throughoutthe ages. The Collect, or gathering prayer, for this Sunday speaks of Jesus as being “the truebread which gives life to the world.” Basic, and lifegiving.
This Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, is known as Rose Sunday, or Refreshment Sunday.“Laetare, Jerusalem” (Rejoice, O Jerusalem) offers a break from the rigors of Lent, and areminder that we will be soon celebrating the Resurrection. The gospel is the story of the Prodigal Son, and reminds us that, no matter what kind of messes we may find ourselves in, God is always very glad to see us, to welcome us, and to nourish us in body and soul. We experience this through the life and ministry of Jesus, and in our own participation in that life through prayer, fellowship and holy communion.
May we all be refreshed not only this Sunday, but through our lives by this gift of love we have from God.
Let us pray:
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.