Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Throughout his life and ministry, Jesus modeled for us the life-long human liturgy of being taken, blessed, broken, given, and spoken into existence. This week’s lectionary passage continues a series of Gospel excerpts in which Jesus prepares for the Eucharist by proclaiming that he is the bread of life. As we wrote last week, we structured the book of devotionals Meal From Below around the five verbs of Jesus’s Eucharist invitations:
Taken. We feast on God’s love as the foundation of all life and transformation.
Blessed. We drink deeply of the Incarnation and life of Christ as the blessing of God’s presence.
Broken. We taste God’s own experience of suffering on the cross.
Given. We savor life inside the Resurrection and its gift to the world.
Spoken. We digest the living Word that speaks all of life into existence.
As summer reaches its height, we invite you to relax into the poetry of these words. Which speaks to you today?
Kris Rocke and Scott Dewey
Excerpted from Introduction to Meal from Below.