Here is another one of the meditations I recently had published.
Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. John 6: 35
Author Nadia Bolz-Weber, the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado calls Jesus’ declaration that he is the bread of life one of the hardest of his teachings to accept and act on. She says we receive the bread of life when we eat it at a table that is open to all.
If we look at how Jesus shared bread or meals with people in his lifetime it can help us figure out how to respond to his statement in John 6:35. Jesus ate with people others hated like the tax collector Levi (Luke 5:29). He ate with people society had labeled sinners. (Matthew 9:10) He ate with a Pharisee, someone with whom he had significant theological differences. (Luke 7:36) He provided wine for a big wedding celebration (John 2: 1-11) and a picnic for a crowd of five thousand people. (Mark 6: 30-44) He had an intimate meal with his closest friends even though he knew one of them would soon deny knowing him and another would betray him. (Luke 22)
I did an online search and found dozens of non-profit organizations in cities across North America called Bread of Life. Whether they were in Halifax, or Brooklyn, Wichita or Sacramento, Boston or Houston all these groups had dedicated themselves to providing food for the hungry people in their cities. Like Jesus who shared bread without regard for social or religious conventions these Bread of Life organizations extend God’s mercy and love to those who need it most.