A while back, before church started, I baked some communion bread. It was tasty bread I might add! In the middle of the unleavened bread I used a fork and pierced a cross sign in the middle. In church, during communion, the bread was passed around so each person could tear a piece off for themselves.
After church a few of the boys came to me and asked if they could have some more “Jesus bread”. Could they? It was consecrated bread, holy. I never had anyone request that before. But it was so precious that they called it “Jesus bread”, and it touched my heart. “Yes! And you can share it with the others.” I said as I gave it to them. They were hungry and the bread was fresh and tasty. This event brought to mind a similar story in the Bible.
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathhar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” -Mk. 2:23-27
What the Pharisees and many people of today don’t understand is, that God is more concerned with feeding the hungry than following a religious ritual. Another words, if we hold back the holy bread from the hungry then it’s not really holy is it. The needs of others come first. And it is in this sacrifice that God is truly honored, not in a religious ritual.
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