Our Lenten Devotion for Wednesday, April 13, comes to us from Steadfast Love which features reflections and prayers by Ed Arle and Gil Duchow with inspiration from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen.
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." John 6:15
“Jesus died for us so that we may live. He poured out his blood for us so that we may find new life. He gave himself away for us so that we can live in community. He became for us food and drink so that we can be fed for everlasting life.”
(from Can You Drink the Cup?, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, page 68Henri)
Toward the end of the week that changed the world forever, Jesus prepared the food and drink that enable us to live in communion with him and with each other. In the upper room, he prepared a feast that offers forgiveness and new life for us and all believers. Jesus continues to offer his Body and Blood anew to us each time we gather to celebrate Holy Communion with our community of believers. In this sacred meal, he not only strengthens and equips us for daily service in his kingdom, but also feeds us for eternal life.
On the cross, Jesus then became food and drink for us, pouring out his blood as the payment for our sins and the means by which he earned eternal life for us. These powerful gospel assurances motivate and empower us to go forth each day, to share his spiritual and physical food and drink with as many people as possible.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is a continual reminder of Christ’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and grace that is offered to us as the Beloved Community of Christ. For all of us, this gift of loving presence becomes the hope for a genuinely peaceful and righteous world.
Living Bread from heaven, feed us for everlasting life with the bread of life, and inspire us to share your forever food with “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6). Amen.