Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Bread of Life

When Jesus says he's giving himself to you as the bread of life, and if you eat this bread you will live forever (John 6:51), he’s saying, "Find yourself in me." Eat this food as your primary nutrition, your primary food, and you are indestructible, because you live in what Thomas Merton would call the True Self - who you are in God.

And who you are in God is who you are. In fact, that's all you are. Everything else is passing away. The world of fame, the world of titles and roles, the world of who we think we are is precisely what we're not. It's precisely what will die when we die.

But who we are in God will live forever.

Richard Rohr, adapted from Eucharist as Touchstone (CD)

I couldn't resist posting this, just before I pack the PC away. All this: this moving, this rearrangement of lives and locations, these hopes and fears, griefs and longings, will somehow be wiped clear, or at least changed and purified beyond anything we know here, so that only what is true remains, in that one perfect longing, for Christ's love and mercy, for our beloved Bread of life himself.

I'll be back as soon as I can...

3 comments:

  1. Very nice post. We really are nothing when we strip the world away... God be with you as you move. Hurry back! k

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  2. When I read your post, I couldn't help but think of the beautiful lyrics to "Abba Father"

    ...Father, may we be one in you,
    May we be one in you,
    As he is in you,
    And you are in him....

    God bless you and the move you are making.

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  3. Thank you both! Back online now - just plugged in my new router - everything works just the way it should. Praise God for sensible electronics!

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