The Mystery of God’s Abundance

John 6:24-35 – The 10th Sunday after Pentecost – for Sunday, August 2, 2015

“Don’t work for the food that doesn’t last but for the food that endures for eternal life . . .” (John 6:35)

communion.2I can’t remember the tenth or hundredth time I served communion, but I recall the first.

Picture an immense cathedral. Add a gathering of sojourners, eagerly listening to the quiet words of preparation for the “living bread” of the Lord’s Supper. Imagine the expectation, the longing. Some awaiting the cup and bread know each other; some, until recently, were strangers. The bread, as usual, was simple. The cup, as usual, held enough for everyone.

But don’t imagine fresh bread. And please, don’t figuratively sample my memory and start tasting sweet grape juice or a spirited sip of wine. Before my first official communion as a United Methodist minister, which occurred mere days following ordination, I had to ask a critical question: Continue reading →

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