Jesus explains that by feeding on him (certainly spiritually and not physically), there is a relationship forged not only with him, but with God the Father. Jesus says that through our consuming him, there is a mutual “abiding”. We are changed into women and men and girls and boys who think like Jesus thinks, and act like Jesus would act, and care like Jesus would care. Paul says that we become people who understand the ‘will’ of Jesus.
We have good friends in our neighborhood who walk by here during the week; I know some of them fairly well after 13 years of seeing them. I have met them as I fix a sprinkler head, or as I spray those stubborn blackberries that try to take over the parking lot. A couple of weeks ago one of our neighbors stopped and told me about trying to deal with a big burden of arguments, disagreements, hurtful things that had been said, and important relationships that seemed to be crumbling apart. We talked about those burdens for a while, and what our Christian faith might say about dealing with those things. And then our neighbor said something that has been going through my mind ever since that conversation.
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