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Come to the Table!

I am the Bread of Life
Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20,24; John 6:24-35

Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:35

Of all the ways that God feeds us, there is one unique, supremely valuable, and incredibly nourishing way: through His presence in the living Christ. God wants us to understand that if we feed upon Jesus, our Bread, we will be nourished as in no other way. "I am the Bread of Life," Jesus says. "He who comes to Me shall not hunger. He who believes in Me shall not thirst. I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live." As you identify with Christ, as you let Christ give you life -- as you abide with Christ and accept Christ at the center of your being -- you are being nourished in the most saving way possible. If you believe this, you will "have eternal life," Jesus told Nicodemus. The incredibly Good News of the Gospel is that God feeds us in this way and offers us this nourishment for our salvation.

Most of us seem to be aware of this, somehow, when a crisis comes along. We know the nourishment is here, and we turn to it. But when the pressure is relieved, we stop relating to Jesus in this way. We seem to miss the point that Christ our Bread is with us all the time. I am convinced that the failure of so many of us Christians to put Christ our Bread at the center of our lives is the reason for the great unease and the restlessness among so many of us these days. On the surface, a great many of us "have it made" in this society. Everything seems to be going along well enough. There is the house and the car (maybe two or three?). The kids are in school (probably including college). There is the job, the status in the neighborhood, the annual vacation, the movies, the TV, the sports and hobbies -- so many of the things we think we need. But at the center of it all, for a great many of us, there is an emptiness, a feeling [...]


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