Today’s Scripture readings: Psalm 102, Jeremiah 23, 1-8, Romans 8, 28-39, John 6, 52-59
Today’s writer: John Harman
“Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”
From an early age I have wondered about two things in the church. The first is what it would be like to meet Jesus? This is something I am sure everyone has thought about at one time or another. The second is about the bread and wine served at the Holy Eucharist, is it really the body and blood of Christ? Progressing through my teen years and into young adulthood there were a few times that I thought I had actually caught a glimpse of Him. These were short, fleeting instances. Like so many other people the next part of life was about marriage, children, work, successes, failures, life and deaths. During these years there are a thousand things a day that would keep me from meeting Him. Still every now and then there was just a glimpse of Him. Sometimes there might be others near when this happened, but most times not. As time passes there is no recollection of what He looked like in those glimpses. My only recollection is of all the times I saw Him first and turned away before he could see me. How foolish am I. As many times as I turned away, His offer and sacrifice remained the Holy Eucharist. Jesus offered not only life, but eternal life.