This is the continuation of the sermons on John Chapter 6. Unfortunately, last week’s sermon didn’t save properly. Chapter 6 of John gives one of the longer Eucharistic reflections in the New Testament. Unlike the synoptic gospels, John doesn’t have an account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper. However, as you read the passage below, you will notice Jesus making reference to his body being eaten and his blood being drank.
Sermon link is below.
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.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 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.”
The bread in the picture above was baked for an Easter service at St. Philip’s. I prefer to use real bread, although as a parish we generally use wafers. I also prefer to offer a larger piece of bread to the communicants. It slows the process of taking communion down a little, allowing a little more time for reflection as a person receives.