Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalms 34:2-3,10-15; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58
Over the arches of the triple doorway of the Cathedral of Milan there are three inscriptions. One is a beautifully carved wreath of roses, and beneath it the words, “All that pleases is but for a moment.” Another is a sculptured Cross with these words below: “All that troubles is but for a moment.” And over the central doorway these words are inscribed …
THAT ONLY IS IMPORTANT WHICH IS ETERNAL.
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus says “Anyone who does eat My flesh and drink My blood has eternal life” (Jn. 6:54).
We tend to think of eternal life in terms of the immortality of the soul: life after death. But, in so doing, we overlook the fact that Jesus speaks of eternal life in terms of its present meaning. Eternal life is to be with God, Jesus says. Not in the sweet “By and By,” as the familiar Gospel song puts it, but now. The opposite of being with God is,…