(Click above for the complete reading)
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
(click on the title above to listen to the sermon)
Here we will take the wine and the water,
Here we will take the bread of new birth,
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters,
Call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion,
Give us to eat the bread that is you
Nourish us well and teach us to fashion
Lives that are holy and hearts that are true.
The words above are from the hymn, “Here in this Place” or “Gather us In” by Marty Haugen. The third verse, which we sang on Sunday morning, is a great representation of what this text is all about. We are called not only to believe in Jesus, but to live in close communion, or a close relationship with Jesus.
Jesus, the Bread of Life, lives in us and through us. Our text from Ephesians gives us this reminder that we are to live lives that are wise, and not unwise. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit and give thanks to God the father for everything.
Jesus, the Bread of Life, comes to us through Holy Communion: a sacrament that we take part in on a regular basis. This sacrament gives us a brand new start. We often associate Communion with Jesus’ death on the cross, and while that is a great comparison, remember that in this chapter, Jesus comes to us as the LIVING BREAD.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. What small change can you make in your life, to fashion your life into a life that is holy?
2. Take time this week to sit back and just listen to the world around you. What parts of your life have become so routine that they may have lost their true meaning? What can you do to bring the meaning back?
3. If you listened to the sermon you heard about an exercise that I did with the young people. An exercise where they had to list words that describe Jesus as the living bread. What words would be on your list?
As people came forward for Holy Communion they were encouraged to trace the sign of the cross on their foreheads as a reminder that they are a living, and loving Child of God. This is a reminder that all of us need from time to time. I would encourage all of you to wake up each morning, tracing the sign of the cross on your forehead and reminding yourself that you are a loved and blessed child of God.