Crossing Over

Rahib_CanaaniteWomanI am sure each one of us has our own story of a time when we came to that bridge too far and we didn’t cross over. Didn’t cross over, couldn’t cross over, refused to cross over – these are very thin lines of distinction.  Sometimes the very act of crossing over presents a paradigm that is just too much for us. Sometimes it is about simple things.  My mom read all the time but could not imagine ebooks, Kindles and the idea of an entire library in the palm of your hand.  Her great granddaughter can’t imagine the world any other way. Continue reading

Grumbling

jesus-and-disciples41 The Jews murmured about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” 42 and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

Jesus’ words were not what the people wanted to hear. From the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 to the crowd’s references to mana in the desert, the context has been about bread they could eat. However, from v.35 onward, it is clear that Jesus’ meaning is about belief in himself, the one provides bread from heaven that last forever. The people are beginning to understand that they are not getting more bread and that this person before them is claiming to be someone greater than Moses. They rebel against the claims implied in what he said, feeling that they know very well who he is. In the face of this Jesus emphatically repeats his words. And the people grumble some more. Continue reading