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In John 6:48-51 Jesus taught the crowd in Capernaum, saying: “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” Then in John 12:23-26, just after his Triumphal Entry, Jesus taught his disciples, saying: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”

The Cross Moline is a medieval heraldic charge. It gets its name from its shape, which resembles a millrind (moline in Old French). A millrind is a cross-shaped iron support for the turning stone of a pair of millstones. Like a grain of wheat under the turning stone, Jesus was ground down by the crushing weight of God’s wrath against our sins when he died on the cross to become the bread of life for us. We have life through his death, and having been saved through him we also have the privilege and responsibility to gratefully lay down our lives in service to him and one another.