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The language of Holy Communion is familiar to most Christians today. But in this passage, the disciples are understandably confused. Leading up to this moment, the disciples are pestering Jesus to give them proof that he is who he claims to be. In John 6:31, they specifically point to God’s...

Bread of Life, you nourish our bones; you feed our famine; you quench our thirst. Answer our questioning; offer understanding. Raise us up so that we may eat and drink in remembrance of you, participating in the eternal life that you graciously offer. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
August 9–15, 2021
Scripture Overview

If you could ask God for one thing, what would it be? God offered this chance to Solomon, and the king asked for wisdom to rule God’s people well. God honored this request by giving Solomon many other gifts too, as long as the king followed God’s ways. (Later on, unfortunately, Solomon lost his way.) The psalmist tells us that wisdom begins with understanding who we are and who God is. Ephesians addresses practical implications of wise living: follow the will of the Lord, be filled with the Spirit, encourage one another, and be grateful to God. The Gospel passage continues Jesus’ metaphorical description of himself as the Bread of Heaven. Here Jesus anticipates the sacrament of Communion, in which we partake of his body and blood by faith.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14. Do you hesitate to ask God to show you your call? Why?
Read Psalm 111. Where have you seen God’s faithful and just actions in your life? In the world?
Read Ephesians 5:15-20. How do you live wisely and make the most of the time?
Read John 6:51-58. What is the significance of Holy Communion in your life of faith? How has your understanding of this sacrament changed over time?

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