We so often hear Jesus say, “I am the bread of life,” and we assume he is the only loaf in the basket. But what if that is not what he is saying? What if he is not claiming to be the exclusive loaf of bread in this world? What if he is teaching us is what the bread of life looks like so we can find it in this world, so we can become that bread, so we can be that bread for another? Continue reading Could We Be The Bread of Life? – A Sermon On John 6:35, 41-51
Proper 15B – John 6:51-58 Shortly before I began the fourth grade my mom, dad, sister, and I took a trip to Kansas City. We spent the night at the airport Holiday Inn. I remember us sitting around the pool and every time a plane flew overhead my mom would cry. The next morning we took my dad to the airport. He would spend the … Continue reading Playing The Game Of Life – A Sermon On John 6:51-58
6:52. “The Jews disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’” The short answer to the dispute we read about in our lesson from John is love. The longer answer fills thousands of books. The longer answer rationalizes and divides churches and separates Christians from each other. The longer answer recognizes there is bread aplenty but still leaves us … Continue reading Who Has Nourished Your Life?
John 6:49, 51a. “Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died…. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever.” Manna and living bread are both necessary, because they feed two different aspects of our lives, together offering a full range of necessary spiritually nutritional requirements. To live on manna only is to … Continue reading Meeting Our Daily Nutritional Requirements
The collect and readings for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 6:51-58.
A friend of mine called last week. She asked, “How are you?” It’s a common question, one we ask and are asked every day. You and I both know the standard answers and I gave them. I said, “Fine. I’m doing well. Things are really busy right now. I’m good.” She laughed and said, “Are you trying to convince me or yourself?”
I suspect I’m not the only one who’s had this type of conversation. Most of us have these kind of conversations several times each day. We offer the usual answers. Sometimes we add something about our family, our health, where we have been, or what we have been doing. More often than not those conversations focus on the circumstances of life. We might be fine and busy, getting our work done, meeting deadlines and commitments, fulfilling obligations, volunteering our time, and loving and caring for our families but there is a difference, a vast difference, between doing life and having life within us.
Doing life or having life; that’s the issue Jesus is concerned about. That’s the focus of today’s gospel. It is important enough that it has been the subject of the last several Sundays of gospel readings. Each week has brought us closer to the unspoken question behind today’s gospel: Is there life within you? Continue reading “Eat Me, Drink Me – A Sermon on John 6:51-58; Proper 15B”
The collect and reading for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 14B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 6:35, 41-51. It was supposed to be another feeding, or so they thought. That’s why everyone showed up in today’s gospel. Instead of more bread they got Jesus and conflict. The two often go together. It seems that when we run into … Continue reading Holy Bread for Holy Hunger – A Sermon on John 6:35, 41-51; Proper 14B
The collect and readings for today, Proper 13B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 6:24-35. We live as hungry people in a hungry world. Everyone is looking for something that will sustain and nourish life, something that will feed and energize, something that will fill and satisfy. Everyone is looking for bread. The problem is not that we are hungry, … Continue reading The Bread We Eat – A Sermon on John 6:24-35; Proper 13B
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the … Continue reading And I Will Raise Them Up On the Last Day
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. 41Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How … Continue reading I Am the Bread of Life
So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, … Continue reading You Are What You Eat