Give us this day our daily bread
“Give us this day our daily bread.” There it is right in the Lord’s Prayer. We do not live without sustenance. Is food then a human right? How then do so many go hungry in the world’s richest country?
Jesus said those words before the Last Supper, when he forever transformed the meaning of bread and wine. Is that communion with God then equally a human right? Then how in a country where we have perfected the art of free time, do so few people have time to commune with the Lord?
The transformation of bread and wine comes in Jesus’ acts and words before the meal. It is then incumbent upon us to study what was in the mind of Jesus through his words and actions as recorded in the Gospels. John, of course, is the most mystical of the Gospels. So, in preparation for this week’s service, please read John 13:3-17 and see if you can think about the Last Supper in a different way.