Friday, May 12, 2017
In my church there are references to the Holy Communion, as "the bread of Life," or "Anyone who eats this bread will live forever." This is where sayings and teachings become lame in a changing world. Bread is not the staple of life in many cultures. In the USA we are told that bread makes us fat and has gluten which is not good for you. Bread has become optional at best, in many a daily diet. Bread, where it is made at home, non-processed, for people of low income, is a staple of life. It can be filling in a hungry stomach that has not much else to eat. That was the culture in the time of Jesus. In New York City, the center of the Universe, the bread is so good, that you can use these phrases quite well. I love fresh bakery bread, but not the supermarket type. And fresh baked is only really good that day. So much of the good things in life are fleeting. But my hunger for spiritual growth never gets old and if I attend to it on a regular basis, my spirit never goes stale. That way, I can be food for others.