May 28. Day 5. Strength: Breaking bread for the journey. Acts 27:33-36. “Just before daybreak, Paul urged all of them to take some food, saying, ‘Today is the fourteenth day that you have been in suspense without food, having eaten nothing. I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will lose a hair from your heads.’ After he had said this, he took bread; and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat. Then all of them were encouraged and took food for themselves.”
Reflection. Paul’s invitation to eat is an exhortation to those in the boat to strengthen themselves for what lies ahead. This taking of bread marks a change of attitude, as those in the boat move from despair to courage. In a similar way the Eucharist provides us with food for the journey and re-orientates us to life in God. Not being able to share in the Eucharist fully in families is one of the signs of the pain of disunity that is still experienced.
Prayer. Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ broke bread and shared the cup with his friends. May we grow together in closer communion. Following the example of Paul and the early Christians give us strength to build bridges of compassion In the power of the Holy Spirit. We ask this in the name of your Son, who gives his life that we might live. Amen. Offer a prayer to Our Lady.