These are the concluding lines of the first reading this weekend (Aug. 18th/19th) and set the scene for the other readings. The psalm urges us to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’. The gospel concludes that ‘anyone who eats this bread (of life) will live forever’. This is the fourth consecutive Sunday that we listen to words about the bread of life and the Eucharist. It has been a continuous teaching about the nature and power of the Eucharist. Most likely, we are still in ‘holiday mode’ and during the coming week we will be immersed in the visit of Pope Francis. The highlight of the Pope’s visit will be the huge gathering for Mass in the Phoenix Park on next Sunday afternoon. The Eucharist will be at the centre drawing people from every parish in Ireland and beyond. Please God, the power of the Eucharist to unify people and to strengthen them will be tangible and that blessings will flow from that historic gathering. This weekend, we ‘walk in the ways of perception’. We want to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’. We want the bread of eternal life in through the Eucharist.