Corpus Christi

When I hear bread breaking I see something else.
It seems almost as though God never meant us to do anything else.
So beautiful the sound,
the crust breaks up like manna
and falls all over everything and then we eat.

Bread gets inside humans.
It turns into what experts call the "formal glory of God".

Sometime in your life,
hope you might see one starved person,
the look on that face when the bread finally arrives.
Hope you might have baked it
or bought it
or even kneaded it yourself ...
for that look on that face
for you hands meeting those hand across a piece of bread
you might be willing to lose a lot
or suffer a lot ...
or die a little, even.

Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016)