Season After Pentecost – You are what you eat (The Gospel Passage)

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)

If you eat only sugar – sweets, candy, chocolate etc (as tempting as that would be) you will only have sugar to sustain you. Sugar that gives you a quick rush but will not last. Your muscles and your mind will tire; and your body will not be healthy, but be ill and subject to a host of illnesses.

If you eat only protein, your body will function well enough for most activities. But your digestion will be sluggish, and eventually you will become ill. The same can be said of all other food groups. Just having one type of food will not sustain the body and will not support the activities of the mind.

You “are what you eat” not because you will become candy or a piece of chicken or a carrot stick. You are what you eat because if you eat healthily and eat a balanced diet, you will be health and balanced.

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (Verse 52)

Let’s clear up something that probably does not need to be cleared up – Jesus never give his tendons, muscle and body tissue to his disciples to eat. This an example of John using metaphors to explain something spiritual; and wrote, for reasons that only John and biblical commentators know, that “the Jews” did not understand it. It is possible to understand if someone has studied the bible and bible commentators, or if the Spirit has helped the reader to discern the meaning.

So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”  (John 6:53-58)

What is central to my theme today is that we must make sure that we are taking in a “balanced spiritual diet.” We are what we “eat.” If we only read scripture for the sake of reading it, but do not seek to understand it, scripture will not nourish us as it should. If we do not live out our faith according to Christ’s example, we have not taken in the proper spiritual nutrients. If we do not seek the guidance of the Spirit, we are lacking important spiritual “vitamins.”

Taking in Christ does not feed the stomach and the digestion; reading scripture that is God’s Christ’s words. Seeking the Spirit that is God and Christ among us. And living out God’s law love and Christ’s example of living; these are the ways we taken in spiritual nourishment and use it to live Christian lives. Do not, beloved reader, be like “the Jews” who avoid the truth and push away the words of God and Christ.

Just as you what makes the body healthy, taken in only those things that make the spirit and soul healthy. There is a great deal of “junk food” in this life. It looks irresistible at times. But keep a balance in your life; see the world, live your life with joy. But do not let your mind rot and decay, become weak and ill, and be stuffed with toxins and poisons. Seek balance through our Lord God. Selah!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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