"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh" (John 6:51).
I imagine ingesting the heart and soul and goodness of Jesus, absorbing His Love and Mercy into every cell of my body.
How would that change me? Would my feet tread different paths? My eyes see more compassionately? My ears hear more graciously? My hands touch more lovingly and more often? My lips speak more kindly? Would I breathe more easily, my spirit at peace with my place and work in this world?
"Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them" (John 6:56)
God, I don't think we're doing it right. When I look at your Church, I don't see many people acting like you, loving your creation. We are not kind or wise, nor are we at peace. We are distrustful, fearing what others will take away from us. We hide behind masks of arrogant reason and politics. I, too, struggle to love people the way I should, especially if I feel hurt. But you were hurt, again and again, to the point of death. You offer yourself up again and again, to be consumed by creatures so mean, who take more than we ever give. Even our gratitude is paltry.
Help me, Jesus, to abide in You. Please abide in me. Abide in those I love the most, abide in my neighbor, abide in your Church, abide in the stranger and those whom I fear. Let us walk, see, hear, touch, and speak more kindly.
Let our every breath, at this moment, make a better life for another soul.
*Thoughts on the Gospel Reading for August 19, 2018, John 6:51-58
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