Pondering for Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday: Week of the Second Sunday after Christmas: Year 2

Psalm 103: Psalm 114, 115: Deut. 8:1-3: Col. 1:1-14John 6:30-33,48-51

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  (John 6:51)

From the Gospel of John we learn of God’s plan through Jesus is to give us eternal life through a human body which is the very Word of God.  It sounds confusing.

Perhaps this fulfills the prophetic word of our Deuteronomy reading; for today where we are told, “He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)

So we can feed on the material food of this world to fortify our material bodies.  But the material world is a transient world, not an eternal world.  Jesus, born of a material woman, made manifest by the eternal Holy Spirit, makes possible our eternal life through the same. It sounds confusing, but I want it.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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