A RELIGION YOU COULDN'T HAVE GUESSED

Friday, May 20, 2016

So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.’ This he said in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’” (Jn 6: 53-60)

 

And a few verses later, we learn that “after this, many of his disciples drew back and no longer followed him” (Jn 6: 66). It is one of the many passages in the Gospels that makes me think of C.S. Lewis’s famous comment: “That is one of the reasons I believe in Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed.”

 

Indeed, our Lord is unpredictable and, at times, even outrageous. He calls me to unthinkable heights and unthinkable depths, of intimate connection with Him. He goes all the way, giving of Himself most entirely, that I may live not just happily, not just contentedly, but “for ever,” and in Him, in the living God. Let me call upon His name today, and stay close to His unpredictable, life-giving word. Glory be to Him.

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