August 19, 2018
Jesus, still disputing with folks who’ve had their fill of bread says, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” (Jn 6:56). “To abide,” means, what your heart is set on. As Jesus sees it, “to abide,” means to have total trust in, to lean into and lean onto him and the God his mission and ministry show us.
What bread and wine do we feed on; do we abide in? Do we abide in the fake bread of human meaning making, and drink the phony wine of the culture’s vineyard? Is our individual experience the final arbiter of our decisions? Do our feelings rule the roost of our hearts? Or, do we abide in the true bread and true wine, the flesh and blood of Christ; the only food and drink able to nourish, sustain and transform us for the Kingdom rule of God Jesus ushers in.
Look, we all know folks who see no need in being part of believers called the body of Christ. They see no need to share in the Eucharist. For them, bread is bread and wine is wine. What might give them a different insight; our clearer descriptions of doctrine and dogma, or our giving them a taste of some take-out food?
At our 9:30 A.M., Sunday worship, in prayer, Word, song, sermon and Meal, we’ll remember before those who first found Jesus to be the way they walked, the truth they trusted, and the life they lived got all organized, institutionalized, philosophized and theologized, all this was a simple expression of a deeply profound experience. You are what you eat.