August 16, 2018

Feast for Life ~ Retired Pr John Kaplinski - August 16, 2018
Scripture: John 6
54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.

The disciple Paul in his letters describes our life as an endurance run, a race, in fact. He writes about running a good race. He mentions that we will be in this race, a race for our lives, as a continuous effort to grow in our faith. He talks about how we need to build up one another. We use our various, complementary gifts to strengthen our faith and our body of faith, the Body of Christ. However, in order to do the things we are asked to do, we need to have the endurance to run a good race, to finish strong. How and where do we obtain this strength to run and ultimately finish this race?

The answer is in the Bread of Life, the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The blood that was shed and the body that was sacrificed as an atonement for all of our sins on Calvary that Good Friday so long ago. When we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion we are given the strength to run a good race and the endurance to finish. Communion is indeed the Feast of life.

In long distance events of any type, rest stops are always made available for the participants. They are given a chance to drink and eat what they need to continue and finish the event. They also have a chance to share their experiences with the other in the event with others. This builds up and strengthens all the members from the strongest to those who are struggling. This is the same thing that occurs when we gather together in worship. We are given a chance to receive the Word of God plus Holy Communion to build us up individually and as a group. We share our experiences. And then we go out to continue our faith run with renewed vigor and strength. All who come to the feast find what they need: food, words, and communal activities to keep them in the race. So come to the feast of life hungry. Amen. 

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of your Body and Blood given so selflessly on the Cross. May we always be grateful for your sacrifice. May we always be willing to humbly receive the Feast of Life that is your Body and Blood. You have given us the means of grace that strengthens us and forgives our sins. We know that this gift will give us the strength and endurance to run the good race and to finish strong. Amen.