John 6:51-58 – The 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time – for August 19, 2012
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven…”
Jesus never announced, “I am the living Dunkin’ Donuts that came down from heaven.”
Silly me. You knew that!
In John’s Gospel, he of course described himself as the living bread. But wouldn’t you prefer something other than just plain old bread? So, what if we invigorate Jesus’ image as the living bread, and give folks other metaphors to chew on?
Since I’m not a big fan of Dunkin’ Donuts and nutritional experts have dubbed breakfast as the most important meal, are you a blueberry bagel believer or whole wheat English muffin disciple or a Pop Tart follower?
Or what about . . .
I am the living cinnamon bun. Why not a pastry fresh from the oven, with its yeasty smell wafting through the house? That’s what I call a good start to the day! Let’s keep Jesus sweet and tasty and easy to go down. Since it’s my bun, I’ll toss on toasted pecans and make sure to fold a little extra real butter into the dough so that my Jesus bun will please everyone (well, please everyone based on my nutty view of the world). Isn’t Jesus supposed to be a nice beginning to the day, a little sugar high of love-your-neighbor . . . that alas wears off when you leave home to grapple with the cruel, cynical world where faith seems as helpful as a cassette tape deck for an iTunes download.
I am the living slice of Wonder Bread. Well, maybe not. I’m mature enough to remember the commercials hyping how great Wonder Bread was for families. Builds your body in 8 ways! Packaged in plastic, with enough preservatives to survive a nuclear war. Slap on some peanut butter and a dollop of jam and you have a great sandwich to tuck into a kid’s lunch pail. The old, odd Wonder commercials linked buying the tasteless slices of white bread with the American dream, of life in the safe suburbs where everyone looked like you. Too often, to this day, we blend Jesus into the American dream, a wonderful guy who wouldn’t raise taxes (for Caesar or the middle class) and thinks consumerism is the answer for whatever ails you. Continue reading →