I’m up at The Bishop’s Ranch today to visit with the Trinity folks attending BREAD Camp. This camp has a long tradition in our diocese with derivations like TOAST and READ. But even more than that the theme of Bread is relevant for our life together at Trinity.
Each week we celebrate the Eucharist together where we break bread baked from wheat grown at The Bishop’s Ranch. And each time we gather around our dining room tables, kitchen counters, and local eating establishments we embody and extend that Eucharistic presence of Christ out into the world.
Eucharist is our bodies at worship, gathered as the body of Christ, breaking the bread of heaven that is Jesus in our midst. Or as theologian M. Shawn Copeland profoundly notes, “The meaning of Eucharist not only lies beyond the immediacy of corporeality, it also joins the body’s ultimate transformation and the supernatural destiny of the human person.” (Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being, 2010)
And as I mentioned last week, we are headed into five weeks in the Gospel of John where we’ll ponder Bread in a myriad of ways. We begin this week with Jesus feeding the multitudes, “Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” (John 6:11-12)
Matthew is back this week and a reminder that if there is a pastoral need, please call the Pastoral Care Emergency Line at 650-326-8591.
Bread for our Journey,