Augustine once defined sacrament as “visible words”—actions that speak of the love and forgiveness of God. In communion we have the chance to recommit our journey to Jesus’ journey and to experience the nourishment of the Bread from Heaven. In this sacrament, Christ unites his presence with the bread and wine and unites his life with our own, that he may live in us and lead us to his purposes. Christ draws all humanity and creation to himself and God’s eternal purpose. This movement takes form and shape in the self-giving and reconciling life of the community of faith. That is where all the people are going. — Alyce M. McKenzie





Jesus’ Journey and Ours: Reflections on John 6:56-59

Where are you going? What journey are you on?


Peter realizes that, while Jesus’ message and way are not easy, that’s all he’s got. Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” A “Yes, but” is implied in Simon Peter’s plaintive response: “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” (Jn 6:67-69).


Jesus’ journey has become our journey. We throw in our lot with him. And what kind of journey is Jesus on in the Gospel of John? The Gospel of John is an ancient biography in dramatic form. It depicts Jesus’ journey as Wisdom’s descent and return. He is the Word incarnate who comes down to earth to reveal the Father, take away the sin of the world, and empower the “children of God.”

Verses 6-18 of John’s Prologue summarize Jesus’ journey. Like Wisdom, the Word comes into the world, is characterized by light, reveals the nature of God, calls the chosen to faith, and gives them life. Jesus’ journey is one in which some recognize him and join his journey while others find it too difficult and go away; they “no longer go about with him.”

John wants our journey to be one in which we accept Jesus’ identity and the light and knowledge he brings into our world.

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