Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading, from the book of Exodus. It describes the beginning of the long journey that the people of Israel were to make: ‘And the people of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. A mixed multitude also went up with them, and very many cattle, both flocks and herds. And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any provisions’.

To this day, the Jewish Feast of Passover is celebrated with unleavened bread, and to this day, the Christian Eucharistic Host is made with unleavened bread.

St John Chrysostom writes in this way about the Last Supper, the Feast of Unleavened Bread: ‘And as they were eating, He took bread, and broke it. Why can it have been that He ordained this sacrament then, at the time of the Passover? That you might learn from everything …’

The Mass follows directly from the Passover meal, and points also towards the sacred banquet in heaven.

May we find ever deeper meaning in Holy Mass – for it is inexhaustible – and may God bless you this day.