If you are a preacher and it's Tuesday, it must be time to start thinking about Sunday's sermon again. As we get underway, let's begin with a prayer.
Holy Wisdom, God of abundant life,
you call us to the banquet of your love.
We find you in the gifts you give;
we know you in the ones
with whom we share this holy food,
and in the bread of this table, your son, Jesus Christ.
Grant that we may be bread for others,
as he is bread for us. Amen.
No matter which lectionary track you're following, there is one common theme running through the Old Testament readings and Epistle: Wisdom. Our reading from 1 Kings recounts the beginning of the reign of Solomon, when God grants him "a wise and discerning mind." Alternatively in Proverbs we find Wisdom personified, who has built her house and calls us to, " Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight." And in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul advises his audience to "...live, not as unwise people but as wise."
And then we get to our gospel from John where we find ... (drumroll, please) ... the bread of life. One. more.time. And will you forgive my irreverence if I refer to this passage as the cannibal edition? With clear Eucharistic overtones, Jesus once again promises eternal life to those who partake of his flesh.
So where are you headed this week, preachers? Do you have a fresh insight on the bread of life to share? Will you invite your congregation to lives of wisdom? Are you following another plan for summer? Share your inspiration, your questions, whatever is on your minds as you begin to think about Sunday's sermon.
(Readings, prayer and art found here.)