Monday, October 26, 2009

Communion Meditation

This is a Meditation I shared at our church last Sunday. Enjoy!

'I am the bread of life which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’

Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person. As the living Father sent me and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me. This is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.

Many of his followers said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’

After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more. Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.’'
-John 6

One of the greatest sins of our society is the sin of cynicism. Everything must be proven and so everything must be doubted. Our modern day "science" and so called reason merely repeat what Jesus' critics said long ago on that hill in Galilee: that spiritual mysteries are not allowed in a rational world. But what Jesus claimed before that audience of skeptics was the exact opposite. He said that his flesh and his blood gave spiritual life, that whoever consumed his flesh and blood would live forever.

He flew in the face of logic, doubt, science, everything that claims to describe reality in purely rational terms. He taught a mystery and demanded faith, which begs the question, do we believe him? Do we believe Jesus was serious? Did he mean what he said? Do we believe that Jesus is our only sustenance, our only hope of unending life? Do we believe that if we eat this Body and drink this Blood that we will indeed live forever? If we believe Him, let us feast on Him joyfully. He promised us immortality if we would. And together, now we will.

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