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The Holy Eucharist from a nondenominational point of view. It is rather strange to do. Also to make Blood and Flesh some

Updated on February 18, 2013

Update

I wrote this a while ago and just last weekend a young man came up to me thanked me. For what I asked and he said "for making the eucharist meaningful again." We spoke of the guilt he had felt for having some doubts, but said that now the eucharist is something he looks forward to, not so much to remove doubt but to be forgiven, for having it. Of course I let him know that the eucharist is symbolic and that he needs to know he is forgiven whenever he asks for it. But we both charged into church to take part in the Eucharist.

Last Supper

The symbology of the Last Supper is so amazing we can never even think to know it all.
The symbology of the Last Supper is so amazing we can never even think to know it all.

Literally it is weird, metaphorically it is brilliant

Today the Gospel my people and I are reading is John 6:51-58 and it is some of the strangest teachings of the Bible. Perhaps it is the most important. And probably it turns a lot of people away from the Bible and Christianity as a whole. It is perhaps more important to the Holy Eucharist than even the last supper. It speaks of eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood. That is weird.

The setting is critical

Jesus is speaking with the same folks that have been following him for a bit. We can assume he was quite close to them physically. Most in attendance were probably witnesses to the feeding of the 5,000. These same folks wanted to make Him a King on earth. Either these folks were out of work or considered it important enough to leave work to listen to Jesus. Or perhaps they were idle rich.

Probably a lot of the folks following around after Jesus had heard the stories of God feeding their whole tribe for months and months with manna from heaven, and they wanted in on it. So Jesus teaches in parable style, likening himself to bread and drink. He explains that those ancestors that ate the manna died. That that bread was only meant for physical sustenance and not spiritual sustenance.

Jesus was at the least a carpenter turned teacher and a man filled with Love

I think this picture is a bit too light, I figure Jesus spent a lot of time walking and preaching around in the sun. And he was from the Middle East. But maybe the classical picture is for those who need him most.
I think this picture is a bit too light, I figure Jesus spent a lot of time walking and preaching around in the sun. And he was from the Middle East. But maybe the classical picture is for those who need him most.

It Is A Parable

But the hard part is the speaking of eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking His blood. And doubly weird if you realize that who He is talking to have strict forbiddance against the drinking or consuming of any blood, as in Kosher. Taken literally this writing is just out right creepy and gross. So the first folks to make sense of it incorporated it into what is known as the Holy Eucharist. It is the eating of the bread and wine that are transfigured during ritual into the bread of life and the cup of salvation. It is a truly beautiful ritual that brings most participants into a closer connection with God. And it follows what is written of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples.

Drink of this Cup or two

It is not about the cup or what is in it. It is about you and what is in you.
It is not about the cup or what is in it. It is about you and what is in you. | Source

Taken Literally it is silly, Taken how it was meant is awesome.

Back to the hard part. Jesus was an amazing teacher and His teaching is timeless. For those of us Christians, we would say Jesus is an amazing teacher. So He spoke in parables that would require thought and inquiry as to what the parables meant. Hidden messages are normal and blind acceptance of the parables would be disastrous. So for a lay fellow like me, I have to wrap my head around the notion that we are to eat and drink in the Spirit of Christ which to me is Love. In my head I just switch the word Jesus or His use of my and me and I into Love. And then I can set my intentions to figuratively be eating and drinking Love.

Now the real special part about this, is the Bible does not mention a Church in this reading. Or any particular ritual to partake of the Bread of Life or the Cup of Salvation. We can do this on our own and we can do it all day and night long. We just have to consume that wonderful Spirit of Jesus, through Love.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Eric - A sensible, thoughtful contextualized (It is a parable, not literal instructions) interpretation and understanding of this important passage. Very well done and a much needed perspective.

      Too many of us are caught up in narrow definitions and interpretations that leave those outside the faith shocked and either sickened or horrified. We can and should do a better job of explaining holy scripture in light of the literary and social conventions of the day.

      In my thirty years as a non-denominational Christian, I have often found that sensible and "true" explanations for Biblical quandaries emerge from us, because we are not wedded to a specific liturgy, style, or thank heavens, set of dogma. I also think it is often the laymen who can best explain things to the average person. I am not sure that traditional seminary training is always helpful.

      Thank you for explaining a parable and revealing truth. ~~ Theresa

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sometimes there is lingering doubt when we write about such sacred notions. Thank you very much for commenting. Especially from you, it is greatly appreciated.

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      benyamin 4 years ago from iesfahan

      its so nice

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you

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