Jesus is the bread of life …
You are what you eat!

At the beginning of John’s Gospel Jesus asks Andrew and another disciple "What are you looking for?"

(John 1. 38)


At the end of his Gospel we read “Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord.”

(John 21.12b)


After his resurrection Jesus often appeared to his disciples but was not always recognizable to them. Even so they knew this person was Jesus. They were no longer looking for Him, they had found Him.


Are we ready to find Jesus in those we meet?

“Feeling a tremendous rakehell,

and not liking myself for it,

and feeling rather a good chap for not liking myself much for it,

and not liking myself at all for feeling rather a good chap.”

Kingsley Amis – That Uncertain Feeling

 

At the end of the 1700s it was not normal for a priest to write an original sermon every Sunday.  Henry Crawford judged that “a sermon at Christmas and Easter” would be “the sum total of the sacrifice”. 

Jane Austin – Mansfield Park p 226

 
Other clergymen might read out extracts from printed texts or adapt them to suit particular circumstances. 
“A personal or informal approach was distrusted as a sign of the dreaded enthusiasm connected with the Methodists.”

Irene Collins – Jane Austen and the Clergy  p96-97

There is no-one so underappreciated as a good friend.

In the book “The Shack” by William P. Young God is represented as a being a woman.

The Bible has always referred to God as male.  Even in Genesis 1.27 it says “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

What surprise awaits us “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face”?