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Sermon for 13th Sunday after Pentecost 2018

August 19, 2018

Proper 15

I Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14                       Psalms 111         Ephesians 5:15-20          

  John 6:51-58

 

    Little Johnny was walking around the sanctuary while his mother was doing her altar guild duties setting up for Sunday. He stopped in front of several plaques on the wall, studying them intensely.  The priest came up to talk with him.  “These plaques are in remembrance of all those who have died in the service.”  Johnny was silent for a moment and then he said, “Which one, the 8 or the 10:30?”

       More bread!  Really, more bread!!  When Jesus talks about eating his flesh and drinking his blood, we think about Holy Communion.  In the sacrament, the ordinary elements of bread and wine are transformed by the invocation of the Holy Spirit over the elements into sacred symbols.  The words and images used in the communion liturgy teach us that this is no ordinary meal.  By linking it with the name and story of Jesus, this meal becomes the Lord’s Supper, the heavenly banquet.  

    However, this is not the only time we eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God.  Every time we come with open and humble hearts before Jesus, believing that he is our Lord and Savior, we are eating and drinking. Jesus has given himself to us through his incarnation, his life, and ministry on earth, and his death on the cross. Jesus’ flesh and blood