"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst'" (John 6:35).
This month on "Our Daily Bread," host Father Paul D. Seil, pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Orchard Park, will be talking about the Catholic Mass and preparing a Mediterranean-style meal that could easily feed 12.
"For this show, I was thinking about the 12 Apostles and what they might eat. Why? Because we usually think of the Last Supper as being a forerunner of the Mass that Catholics celebrate," explained Father Seil.
"One of the experiences we celebrate at Mass is a very simple meal. In fact, in the early Church, the primitive Church, it was not uncommon for Christians to get together in one person's house and celebrate this agape, this meal," Father Seil continued.
"In this meal, they would remember the presence of Christ and what Jesus said at the Last Supper. He said, 'Take and eat this bread, for this is My body.' As He took a final cup of blessing at this Passover meal, He said, 'This is My blood, the blood of the New Covenant, that will be poured out for you and for all.'"
After this, Jesus said, "Do this in memory of Me." In the Mass, Catholics remember the sacrifice and the meal, as well as the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary. They also know He wishes to always be present with His followers.
To learn more about the Catholic Mass, tune in to "Our Daily Bread" Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 a.m. and noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7.
On the menu: falafel, kofte and couscous with artichokes. All the day's recipes can be found at www.odbtv.org.