On Fridays in February, we look at the scripture that our campers will be studying during Day 2 this summer of “Awesome God. Awesome Love.”
Prayer: Mighty Counselor, help us to understand and see all the ways that you feed us, provide for us, and lead us to share our food with others. Amen.
Reading: John 6: 26-40, 52-58 (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: There is a really comical scene in the movie, Over the Hedge, where the main character, RJ the raccoon, describes the way humans don’t eat to live, “they live to eat.” The phone become a thing to summon food. The doorbell is the sound of the arrival of food. People are called “couch potatoes,” and the mouth is called the “pie hole.” Near the conclusion of the rant about all of the ways that human life centers on food, he points the group to the table where a family is praying. He says that is the altar where they worship the food. The punchline comes when he asks the other animals if they thought the people have enough food. The answer is no, they don’t have enough; they have too much. When they are done with their food, they put it in gleaming silver cans just for the animals (trash cans)!
It is a funny commentary on how much our lives revolve around food. In the Good News for today Jesus describes himself as the perfect answer to the endless pursuit for the next meal and the answer to reoccurring hunger. The answer is sacramental, spiritual, and providential. The purpose of Jesus’ life is not to eat but to be consumed. The only thing that Jesus really purposefully eats is death. All of him becomes endless leftovers for us to discover the true food and drink connecting us to life forever with our God. --Andrew Fitch
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