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August 7, 2012, 12:06 PM

What do you do with Bread?

I love me some good bread, especially when it is freshly baked!  A beautiful, steaming hot loaf is pleasing to the eyes, nose and taste buds.  Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

But when Jesus says stuff like  "I am the Bread of Life" and "I am the true bread from heaven" it can be a little confusing.  The Gospel lessons this month are from the 6th chapter of John and that is exactly what we hear.  So does he mean to be served up with a good bottle of wine?

Well, the scriptures always beg us to look closer.  When Jesus says these things, he is in conversation with disciples who are hungry and looking to fill their stomachs.   They were part of the 5000 whom Jesus fed with the loaves and fishes.  Now they are following him but for the wrong reason.  So Jesus is trying to move them from being hungry, wondering disciples to that of being disciples who understand they have something incredible to share.  And that something incredible is "the true bread form heaven!"

It is a shift we are all called to make as we mature in our faith.  Instead of saying "feed me!"  Instead of asking "when will my suffering end?"  Instead of complaining that "we don't have anything," we grow to be people who say, "come see what we have!"  We learn to say, "come experience bread like no other!"  We begin to share our given bread that is God's abundant love in Christ. 

God indeed has always given us more than we ask for.  We ask for bread and Jesus says, you want bread do you?  Well I'll give you bread- bread you will never forget!  We ask for something to eat and he gives us himself.  He gives himself totally to the world and we need not ever be hungry again!

Like I said, I love me some good bread!

God's blessings,

Pastor Jeff



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