“Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
As this week’s lectionary reading wraps up a series of passages in which Jesus proclaims that he is the bread of life, we conclude a five-week series of excerpts from Meal From Below with this prayer:
Jesus, like the disciples who were blind to your presence until they dined with you in the Resurrection, we too are blind to your presence until you dine with us. You are the stranger among us, revealed as the loving Host of the meal of our salvation. Open our eyes, Lord, to the stranger among us. We want to see and celebrate you at work in the world – creating, sustaining, and uniting all of creation in the meal of our salvation. Amen.
Kris Rocke and Scott Dewey
Excerpted from Introduction to Meal from Below.
Photo: Street Psalms and friends break bread together in Guatemala, 2014 (Stephanie Dunlap)