The first time eating is spoken about in the Bible, is when God tells Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:16). When Adam and Eve ate the fruit (which we sometimes imagine to be an apple), they brought death into their lives and all the lives of human beings who came after them.
When Jesus talks about himself as “The Bread of Life,” he is thinking of the bread called manna that God sent from the skies to feed our Jewish ancestors in the desert. That bread made the people hungry again. But Jesus is also thinking of the fruit that Adam and Eve ate that brought death. Jesus, “The Bread of Life,” not only brings the end to inner hunger for God, but Jesus also brings life forever and ever…no more death!
Now you might say, “But people still are dying!” Yes, but Jesus says that those who cling to him in faith, even though they die physically, their real persons don’t die at all! Wow! So lets cling to Jesus, take Communion often, and live a life of joy and satisfaction because Jesus is with us!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
With each breath I’m drawn to You. v. 44
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
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
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