"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Words of Institution
Matthew 26:17-30 Commentary
by Eric Barreto
About a year or two ago, I remember reading about a new food product that promised to revolutionize how we feed ourselves.
It was a drink that contained every nutritional need the human body needed to live. A few drinks a day fueled the human body in scientifically precise ways. The drink promised to end the annoyances of cooking and cleaning dishes as well as the complicated decisions we have to make at every meal. Should I eat more vegetables or more friend chicken? Should I skip desert or indulge? All those decisions would be gone.
In most scenarios, I can’t imagine how such a product would do well in the marketplace. Perhaps in an emergency situation such nutrition will sustain survivors of natural disasters. Perhaps such a nutritionally-dense drink might sustain areas struck by famine until succor could arrive. But I don’t see how such a product would replace the food and drink we consume. After all, we don’t just eat to fuel our bodies. We eat to live and thrive not just to survive. We eat because the breaking of bread and the pouring of wine turns a mere table into a center of belonging. ...
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Sept. 7, 2014 - May 24, 2015
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church. Read more...
NL172: Words of Institution
April 02, 2015
Narrative Lectionary podcast on readings for April 2, 2015: Matthew 26:17-30 (Accompanying text: Psalm 116:12-15).
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