There was a Roman aqueduct in Segovia which was built in 109 A.D. This aqueduct brought water from the mountains to a thirsty city for 1800 years. One day it was decided to give the old aqueduct a well-deserved rest. The city constructed a modern pipeline to carry water to the people. Soon the aqueduct began to fall apart. The sun cracked the mortar and made it crumble. What generations of service could not destroy, idleness soon disintegrated. Our Christian lives are like that. If they fall into disuse and are left idle, they soon fall apart. For the next four weeks we reflect together on the Eucharist, the Bread of Life. If we receive this gift on a regular basis our faith gets the fuel it needs to move forward. So often we can take a blasé attitude toward our faith. Children can receive First Eucharist in May and not receive again until Christmas. Months can go by without regular attendance at Mass. May our faith never go idle. Jesus, may we always hunger for you, our Bread of Life.
Fr. Bob Hawkins, July 30, 2006