From the Associate Rector - July Manifest
I am in the homestretch before I take three weeks of time off! Since many of you will so graciously ask, my three weeks will be spent sleeping, caring for my mom as she gets a pacemaker implanted, and then being a part of my brother’s Covid delayed wedding reception. The latter will be held at the Long Island Aquarium, where we will get to celebrate with penguins, sharks, and sea lions.
I am preparing our bulletins for when I am away and beyond, and I realize we will soon be in that stretch of late summer where the Gospel passages will come from John 6: in other words, for 5 straight weeks we will hear about bread! This is more commonly known as the Bread of Life Series. It begins with the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, and continues with Jesus speaking about bread: the bread as “food that endures for eternal life.” Jesus calls himself the Bread of Life. The Living Bread. Jeus tells us that if we come to him, we will never again be hungry.
Preachers commonly joke that this Bread of Life Series can get a little... stale! This series comes every three years in the summer, and we may ask ourselves, is there anything new to say about bread?
As someone who is gluten intolerant, I miss bread desperately! When I find delicious gluten free bread, I cherish it. In my previous parishes, homemade challah loaves and naan were used for Communion, and I couldn’t help but feel left out with my rice cracker replacement. And as so many are following low carb or Keto diets, bread may be something one commonly avoids. What was once considered a life source can be seen as a “bad” food. Considering all these factors, our feelings around bread and around eating matter as we hear the Gospel. To expand on this, we will be having a two part “Pop-Up” Summer Bible Study on Sundays the 8th and 15th of August at 12 noon, using the resource “The Gospel according to Bread.” This series will look more deeply at John 6, should you wish to read ahead! We will begin our first session with a bread eating meditation – I will supply several kinds of bread, or you are welcome to bring your own if you have any allergies. You are also welcome to skip the meditation if that is not comfortable for you and join us later. I hope you will join, as we reconsider what Jesus as the Bread of Life can continue to mean to us as Eucharistic people.