Prayer: Heavenly Father, remind us of the power of being in your family, the body of Christ. Amen.
Reading: John 6:51-58 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: When I first read this text I thought of zombies and vampires, eating flesh and drinking blood. So we can understand the Jews issue that they took with Jesus. That is unclean! Even today that still goes against nature and we know what illnesses can come from it. So perhaps we should think about it a different way.
Like many other mothers, my mom used the "you are what you eat" line. This was usually in reference to my brothers and I eating some sort of junk food instead of our vegetables. Mom was right however that we needed to eat certain foods so they would help us to grow up well. Eating only chocolate for a day or a week might sound good to some but we know that will not help us grow well.
Here is Jesus, urging us to grow well. "Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life" (verse 54). This flesh and blood is found in Holy Communion in the bread and wine, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. In the meal of Communion, we are what we eat. Not that we ourselves individually become Jesus but Jesus becomes a part of us as we become a part of the body of Christ. We are connected to Jesus. We are connected to all those who take communion. We are connected to God so that we can do the work of bearing Jesus to the world --Peter Horn, Camp Mount Luther Board Member and Summer Camp Pastor
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