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Born to Love

... He took some bread ... He broke it and gave it to them. 'Take it,' He said, 'This is My Body'
Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13,15-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16,22-26

Sermon Week The Body and Blood of Christ Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 14:22

An article entitled “A Gloomy Moment in History,” appeared in a renowned journal of politics, finance, and culture. It begins. . .

Not for many years has there been so much grave and deep apprehension. Never has the future seemed so incalculable as now ... the political cauldron seethes and bubbles. It's a solemn moment, and no one can feel an indifference. And yet, the very haste to be rich, which is the occasion of so much widespread calamity, has also tended to destroy the moral forces with which we are to resist and subdue the calamity!

Though it sounds like this morning's news, the article appeared in "Harper's Weekly" more than one hundred and fifty years ago! It seems that in so many ways, the headlines never change.

For Christians, no matter the year, rising above the calamitous roar of the daily news is the reassuring voice of our Lord who says,

“I am the Bread of Life ... I am the Living Bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats of this Bread will live for ever; and the Bread that I shall give is My flesh, for the life of the world” (Jn. 4:48, 50-51).

For this reason, we are a people of hope. For our spiritual nourishment, we feed on the Living Bread which comes down from heaven. We feed on the very life of God, embodied in the Christ. And we come to understand that the issue for us is one of "discernment." If God has a plan for peace, if God has a plan for the ultimate fulfillment of his Kingdom of Love, then our task is to discern what that plan is and identify with it -- move with it, work with it.

The problem for many of us is that we tend to rely on our own resources, our own human wisdom for guidance on how to harmonize our life with God's Grand Design. To discern the truth about who we are and what we ought to do in God's scheme of things, we must feed on the Bread of Life.

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