Prayer: May remembering you, Jesus, as the bread of life bring us back to a feeling of joy to return again and again. 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: I returned from a 9 day trip to Portugal and Spain and right away had to go to the grocery store to restock persishables in my cupboards and refrigerator. Having grown fond of the foods in the places I visited, I was so surprised and excited to come across Portuguese Rolls in the bakery section my grocery store. I could hardly believe it! Surely the Portuguese Rolls had been there all along but I had not noticed as they did not mean that much to me. I took photos to post on Facebook so my fellow travelers could also see and rush to Wegmans to get their own. I have been buying them weekly ever since as they take me right back to that time and place of my travels.
The sacrament of Holy Communion is a time when we celebrate Jesus as the bread of life. Was there a time when you suddenly noticed that? He had been all along but an experience made it mean more? When you had to share the Good News so others could celebrate, too? Have you been going back regularly to remember?
How do you understand Jesus as the bread of life? What does the sacrament of Holy Communion mean to you?
-- Ruth Gates
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