“Munching Jesus’ Flesh”
To be frank: John is a bit extra. John’s gospel will take anything that Jesus says or does in Matthew, Mark, or Luke, and turn the dial all the way up to “whaaaat?!” Following the feeding of way-more-than-5000 with 5 barley loaves and 2 dried fish, Jesus begins his discourse with “I AM the bread of life.” Which sounds positively quaint by the time he gets to the rather graphic proclamation that only those who munch on his flesh have life in them; that those who munch on his flesh will have eternal life. What can it possibly have meant then or now to munch on Jesus’ flesh?
Megan M Ramer
Narrative Lectionary, Year 4
- Bibleworm podcast: Episode 327 – The Bread of Life, Amy Robertson and Robert Williamson, Jr.
- Willard M Swartley, JOHN: Believers Church Bible Commentary, Herald Press (2013).
- Women’s Bible Commentary, eds. Carol A Newsom and Sharon H Ringe, Westminster John Knox Press (1992).
- The Queer Bible Commentary, eds. Deryn Guest, Robert E Goss, Mona West, Thomas Bohache, SCM Press (2006).
- Francis J Moloney, S.D.B., The Gospel of John, Sacra Pagina Series Vol. 4, The Liturgical Press (1998).
Hymn: VT 480 I Am the Bread of Life Contributors: Sr. Suzanne Toolan; Tune: © 1966, 1970, 1986, 1993, 2005, GIA Publications, Inc. Text: © 1966, 1970, 1986, 1993, 2005, GIA Publications, Inc.
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