This is embarrassing.
The other day I realized I have missed a very obvious symbol in the Bible.
It isn't even in some obscure passage that we never hear in Mass. In fact, we hear it every year at least once, and see reminders of it for weeks.
My only hope is that one of you out there missed it as well so I feel a little better.
Ok, here it goes...
Jesus tells His followers that He is the Bread of Life, and whoever comes to Him will never go hungry. Likewise, at the Last Supper, Jesus tells the Apostles to take and eat the bread (His body).
In other words, Christ is "spiritual food" for them, and us.
Rewind to our our much-repeated Nativity Story. Where did our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph lay the baby Jesus?
In a manger!
And what is a manger?
A place where food is placed!
Granted, normally it is food for animals, but in this case, it was The Bread of Life ... food for all of our souls!
Not sure how I could have missed that symbolism all these years.