Every one of the seven verses in today’s reading says something about eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood. We might not be surprised at these statements of Jesus because we’re used to the Sacrament of Holy Communion. However, the first hearers of these words of Jesus knew nothing about that. They simply took Jesus at his word and were very shocked.
Holy Communion means something far deeper than eating and drinking in the physical sense of the word. The bread and the juice or wine that are food elements which carry Jesus’s body and blood mean that we receive Jesus completely—not only on the outside of him by imitation, but on the inside as well. Jesus loves us so much that he longs to blend himself with us until we become so much in union with him that we are one with him. What great love on God’s part! God shares Godly life with us in the way we can receive it completely—by eating! God goes to the extreme of love for us, dying for us in Jesus and then giving us his body and blood so that we can take part in the very life of God. Isn’t it our turn now, to give our lives to God—our own flesh and blood?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Eat this bread, live forever. v. 51
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the twelfth 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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