Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Today we heard the third part of John 6, the Bread of Life Discourse, verses 51-58. Maybe it’s the image of food that is floating through all readings, but as I reflect on that passage along today’s other two scriptures, I feel filled to the brim. I was going to day something like having a large “The Works” pizza. But that wouldn’t do it, because it’s sweeter, more like a Dairy Queen Blizzard. That was the killer treat of my youth, - which may explain a lot of things about my weight now.

I suppose there is always the possibility of beating the analogy to death but talk about eating well. In Proverbs, Wisdom invites us:

“Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding."

The Psalm beckons:

“Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”

Ephesians encourages to drink of the Spirit, and John wraps it up for us:

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

Last Sunday I remarked that for us Catholics, I really think the issue with Eucharist and things like ‘Real Presence’ is not so much “How” does it happen as it is, “Why?” At least that’s the way it has been for me. The more you delve into the layers of meaning in scriptures like the ones we have today, the more deeply you find yourself being drawn into a relationship you could never have imagined.

The biggest challenge to faith is exactly that: who can believe God wants us this much? Who can believe He would show his desire in the way He did? Who can have enough courage to be willing to take the adventure on which He is calling us?
A few nights ago, I saw a rerun of the movie, Moonstruck. It stars Nicolas Cage and Cher and if you haven’t seen it in a while, watch for it. Without giving anything away, there is one moment where I was laughing so hard that I really startled Bubba on the couch.( He just returned from vacation thoroughly rested so he can resume his daily routine of naps, briefly interrupted by meals and treats.)

Moonstruck is ending when the sheer chaos in all the relationships of the family and their involvements comes to a head at dinner one night. The grandfather is sitting at the dining room table with everyone, in silence and looking very distressed. Someone turned to him and asked, “What’s the matter, Pops?” He just stared ahead and said, “I’m confused.” You probably must watch it yourself, but it really is an hysterical moment. All I could think of was, “Well, that really does sum it all up.”

In that moment as I watched the movie come to a (happy) end, I found myself laughing and sad. Not everything has a happy ending. I ask myself, what am I doing that might help rewrite in some small way, an unhappy ending for someone?

As I think about today’s readings, my faith is almost slammed against a wall of confusion. It is more than confusion. It is the heartache of brokenness that so often surrounds us when the world doesn’t act like we really hope and pray it would. That’s why the call to prayer and the digestion of the Lord is critical. Without his unique presence, we have no way of being lights, supports, examples, companions to broken people. Talk about a challenge to your faith! But, that’s who we are: The Faithful.

Before I forget, thanks to the three individuals who joined me in kicking in a little extra for the 2018 ABCD appeal. We added $2,650. That leaves us $6,721 short of our $105,776 goal. No Pressure.

In Jesus,
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