A few years ago I lost a friend to cancer, barely 12 months after the diagnosis. During her final months she wrapped up business at her job and then went about saying goodbye to those people closest to her. She planned "final" experiences with friends and family—including a magnificent, all-expenses paid vacation with a few closest friends— and prepared herself spiritually by seeking out the rites and rituals of the church that would prepare her to finish her earthly life: renewal of baptism, Holy Communion, anointing.
Season after Pentecost | 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; (1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:1-8;) Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51
God has become clear in the person of Jesus. God approves us, gently draws us to Christ and teaches us. God has taken full initiative to provide sustenance sufficient for this life and the next. He does not even fret about how much we eat. He simply invites us to his well-stocked table of abundant blessing. As it was for those early listeners, so it is for us.
by Paul StrobleJuly 26, 2003