Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sweet Jesus

When we eat something starchy, the ptyalin in our saliva begins converting some of the carbohydrates in our mouth into sugars. The effect can be detected whether we are eating profane bread or consuming a consecrated host; the enzymes in our mouth cannot register the transubstantiation any better than our eyes can. How wonderful a miracle it is, that the last tangible sign of our Communion is a subtle, lingering sweetness!

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