This comes to us as one of John’s “I am” statements. Jesus makes a statement about who he is. I am life. I am the living bread. Living bread . . . . a strange concept to grab hold of. The disciples would not yet have had the gathering around the last supper where Jesus set the tone and manner in which we break bread together now as a post resurrection faith community. They had not yet had, the dying and rising of Jesus to help them make sense of this strange moment.
In this “I am” statement moment, we find ourselves deeply connected to the gift and promises of God. An abiding beyond the physical touchable sense of God. It reaches beyond what can be touched to the heart, to what is known without holding. To what is seen without sight of it, to what is heard without the words being spoken.
A covenant of relationship, of being with God and God with us is spoken about. The Scriptures are full of such moments. I wonder how many you can recall without having a hunt through a bible. . . . .
As we participate in breaking bread together, we participate in the promises of God held out to all of creation, and to the deep abiding love that God shares with us through Jesus. A life fully lived . . . . .
Rev (Deacon) Denise Savage
PM – Leadership Formation