Having just completed our Bread of Life series from John 6, it is worth taking a moment for us to reflect. At the very center of John 6 is the assertion that when partaking of the Bread Come Down From Heaven, we will never be hungry. Obviously, this is a spiritual reality and does not mean we never need to eat actual food again, though that would be nice with the currently rising food costs.
Instead, it is about where we place our trust for fulfillment, community, and life. The gospels, including The Gospel According to John, focus on the Way of Christ, the way of life as practiced by Jesus and which we are called to live. It is a way of life rooted in the Creator with a radically different set of values than the values we find on this earth. Yet we often find ourselves pulled between these sets of values as we struggle to place our trust in the Bread of Life we lead to eternal life. The result is we allow these values and the communities and institutions that embody them to distract us from the full satisfaction we are offered at God’s table.
Thus, we are left with a simple question of reflection: what do I allow to distract me from the Way of Christ? What values do I consume though they leave me hungry again? How could committing solely committing to the life and way of Christ transform my life so that I will never hunger again? What will transform around me if, after embracing and consuming the Bread of Life, I share this Bread with those around me?
Grace and peace,
Rev. J.D. Allen