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The Sacrament of Holy Qurbana

John 6:26-35

Swithin Titus

St. Johns MTC, NY

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

As a child my favorite part of service was always the sermon.  I was always fascinated by the people who would stand every Sunday morning and talk about how amazing God was. They would share their stories of how God saved them and turned their lives around.  As I grew older and I began examining my faith - I got sad.  Why didn't God reveal Himself to me the way He had to everyone else? Desperate for a sign I often found myself questioning God.  

Then one day, God decided to reveal himself to me.  I was elected lay leader in my parish. To say I was ready would be disingenuous.  Like most teens, I viewed service as a ritual. Something we did over and over again until it became so ingrained into our muscle memory that every Sunday whether we were at church or not, we found ourselves repeating the Nicene Creed.  

In John 6:25-36, Jesus had just performed two miracles back to back: feeding the 5000 and walking on water.  If that happened today, it would have been shared by millions via twitter and most of us would have laughed it off and said "no way that's real- its got to be CGI". The reaction would not have been much different even in those times because faith was lacking.  

When the followers found Jesus, they asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replied "Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me,  not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves of bread and had your fill."  Even after such an outward display of his heavenly powers, Jesus knew that they had not come because their faith compelled them, but because they saw these amazing things and sought their own superficial gain.  

In vs. 30-31, the people went on to ask Jesus for a sign, similar to Moses in the wilderness, that would prove He was indeed who He said He was.  Unfazed by their inability to comprehend the signs he had already performed, Jesus perfectly responded  "I am the Bread of Life.  Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. " (vs. 35).  

Through my service as a lay leader and the mentoring of some wonderful achens I learned a great deal about our Mar Thoma service and how it is deeply rooted in traditions that trace back thousands of years.  I realized that God had already been speaking to me.  He was always revealing Himself to me.  Every Sunday He even invited me to His house- to partake in His body and blood.  I celebrate His resurrection and await His coming again. I was trying so hard to have that amazing story that I was missing the point itself.  I didn't need a "wow" moment! 

Prayer: Father God, help us to open our eyes to what is before us. We seek you daily and come to your presence humbled by what we have been given and what you have bestowed upon us. Allow us to be more and more open to you Father and build our relationship so that others can see Your influence in us! Help us to be examples of Your light. Our Lord and everlasting refuge. Amen!

Thought for the day: Don't waste time searching for our God who stands before you everyday!

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