The bread and water of life
Many years ago, I attended Subiaco Church of Christ in Perth. Every Sunday they celebrated the Lord’s Supper. Each week a different elder would introduce the Lord’s Supper with some words, pray, break the bread and pour the wine; and pass the bread and wine throughout the congregation. It was simple, short and I found it very meaningful. I liked it very much.
For those who are hungry and thirsty for life, Jesus says I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty... If anyone is thirsty let them come to me and drink. Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water. (John 6 and John 8) Jesus gives the bread of life and the water of life in abundance. Jesus invites all to his table to receive the bread and water of life. Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Come for all is ready. Come for life in all it fullness and abundance is here for you.
Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for your child Jesus, the Word made flesh, who lived among us full of grace and truth. Forgive us that we try to satisfy our hunger and thirst with temporal things and settle for forms of religion that do not give life. Give us a hunger and thirst for your life, for grace and truth, for compassion and kindness, for forgiveness and mercy,
for love and more love than we can imagine.
Like Celtic Saint Columbanus we pray, “Let us desire Christ
like people who are ravenous… let us always drink of Christ
with an overflowing love, let us always drink of Christ with a
fullness of longing, and let the sweet savour of his loveliness
ravish us.” Amen.
Photo: Hore Abbey, Cashel, County Tipperary, Republic of ireland
Minister of Campsie Earlwood Clemton Park Uniting Church Congregation