Michelangelo – “Fall and Expulsion” – From the Sistine Chapel
Reading for Sunday: John 6:35;41–51
Jesus offers the Bread of Life. In place of joyous acceptance, argument and complaint ensue, just as the ancient Israelites murmured about the Manna. A physical interpretation of Jesus’ teaching binds the religious leaders encircling Jesus. Only those in the Spirit see into the sacramental power.
When we eat ordinary bread, the bread becomes part of the person who eats it. In the Eucharist, it is the reverse; the person becomes the Bread.
Adam and Eve ate the “bread” of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and they died. Jesus says about the Bread from the Tree of Life: “The one who eats this bread will live forever!” The Calvary Tree has given the fruit of everlasting life. Eat of it often and live!
The Reading for Today
This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
We are reading from the Gospel of Mark until the First Sunday in Advent.