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Day 19 of 30

By Georgina from Mahabba’s Network Team

Inspired by today's entry in the 30 Days of Prayer booklet, but with a UK twist!

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Daily verse

And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body...
— Mark 14:22

Thought for the day


In a meeting of university students during an interfaith lunch, we were talking about Easter and reading about the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26).

A long conversation followed about which bread it was that Jesus broke.

The Jewish student found the English translation of 'bread' problematic for a Passover meal and we quickly explained that it most probably meant unleavened bread.

A visiting Somali student insisted that it must have been a flat bread like those used across East Africa.

He is convinced that parts of Somalia has maintained the cultures of the Middle East in a pristine way, so that Muslims and Christians could today learn from Somalis about their early practices.

The Christians in the group had no issue with the type of bread.

Instead they explained that the importance for them lay in Jesus' explanation that the elements of the Passover meal, bread and wine, would become symbols of his body and blood poured out for us.

It was fascinating to see the questions that were brought to the text from our Jewish and Somali friends.

Equally, the students left with a fresh understanding of the Last Supper and its significance having nurtured our bodies and minds around a table.

Prayer for the day

Lord Jesus, help us to listen carefully and think deeply with those around, so that we may all hear your invitation to communion with you.

Daily action

Try some flatbread with your favourite filling, e.g. humous, yoghurt and falafel. Try making your own and sharing with friends

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