We come to the end of the Sixth Chapter of John. What started as a simple miracle (is that possible?) of feeding the 5000, has become a discourse by John about Jesus being the Bread of Life. Feeding on Jesus in the Eucharist provides life. However, many around Jesus are finding his teachings too hard. They turn away. In today's religious climate, I wonder if we don't confuse the teachings of Jesus with the teaching of the various churches. Some people walk away from the church, but not the teachings of Jesus. In some cases, people don't like the teachings of Jesus and try to mold them into the image of what they think God and Jesus should be.
However, the attached reflections are about the relation between ruminating on the Body of Christ and the Marks of Mission, that indicate how we are doing in proclaiming the kingdom of God. The readings can be found on the Lectionary Page.
The Rev'd Br. Paul Colbert, CoS has served as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity, Madera since 2009. He is a monk in the Community of Solitude, a dispersed ecumenical community the spirit of St Benedict and St Romuald.