Thoughts: Is it any wonder that the Romans thought we Christians were cannibals! John has given us here in chapter 6 a very serious theological discourse on the Sacrament of the table. God has provided bread for the people before. This bread (manna) kept them alive through their wanderings in the desert. Now, God is doing something new. Once again God is providing bread, but this is the bread of the Eucharist, the Holy Communion. Jesus promises to be really present in this bread, which connected to the promise of God's word becomes one of the means by which salvation is proclaimed and in fact given. Those Christians who have a low theology when it comes to the sacraments stumble on the fact that God could use such simply things as baptism and communion to deliver the gift of salvation. The truth is God could have used any means that God wanted to to proclaim salvation. We are like the leper Naaman who comes to Elisha to be healed. He is instructed to simply wash in the Jordan and be healed! He finds this insulting, too easy, hardly worth his effort! Then his slave asks him "If the prophet would have asked you to do some strenuous deed, would you not have done it? Why do you balk at such an easy request?" (Paraphrase). But here it is, the body of Christ, given in Holy Communion is connected to Jesus' promise of eternal life.
Question: What is your view of the sacrament of the altar? Do you believe that Christ is truly present when you come to communion? What might you do with the phrase "You are what you eat!"