A Prayer: Food for Flesh

 

Our Flesh needs nutrients to live: fats, proteins, carbohydrates. In the noodles I had for lunch there were fats in the oil, proteins in the egg, and carbohydrates in the noodles. What a beautiful melody of taste and necessity. While this body feeds on what it yearns for, it gets pleasure.

Back to the Garden, Adam and Eve flourished in fruit. Every variety they could imagine, dense with nutrients, could cross their lips. Then, food fell with sin, having the possibility to be tainted. Something our body needs became something our body could hate. Overeating, undereating, and artificiality seeped into the diets of people. But the cells of our bodies still long for the good and pure delicacies tended by the hands of God.

This body is more than flesh and blood. In the grander scheme, Jesus is the head and we are every part of the body, beautifully knitted together in the mother’s womb, fearfully and wonderfully made. Just as flesh needs nutrients, the body of Christ needs nutrients. These body builders come from soul to soul in communion. Gathering around the table and hashing out life’s big questions. In the presence of others, the body is built, with proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, each unique, but each necessary to the health of the body.

Jesus said to the bread, this is my body and to the wine, this is my blood. Eat.

Around the table the flesh and soul are nourished. Even if another beating heart is not sitting with you, God is there. Have a scone and a cup of tea with Jesus, sit with your thoughts and pray for those you would like to be eating with. Rejoice in the moments you get to share meals and the moments you get to eat with the company of yourself.

Amen.

 

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