Chapter 6 – Eating The Body And Blood
p. 63 – John 2:3 is quoted, Jesus turning water into wine. The topic is picked up again on page 65: Many of us know the story of the wedding feast at Cana, when Jesus is said to have turned water into wine. While a miracle, certainly, I don’t think it was so much a magic trick as an act of restoration. The wine was hidden in the water. Jesus, in his profound and steadfast compassion, found that wine and released it so everyone could drink and be revitalized. In the clear water of our lives lies undiscovered wine… The wine was hidden in the water? I feel like gagging. My wife read this one paragraph and simply said, “That’s just odd,” with a quizzical look. This is used to introduce the water in our lives that just needs to have wine discovered within it, within our “brothers and sisters”. This essentially misses what John is saying, where God’s transformational power is poured out or even into the jugs of wine. Similarly, God pours out his Spirit, transforming us. It is more than just “finding that heady spirit” within.
p. 63 – Consecrating bread and wine for Communion is like that wedding feast: it calls out of these ordinary elements their essential beauty and their life-giving core. This is not biblical, but simply worded to support her idea that what is needed is just finding the beauty/strength/power within others. Communion celebrates God doing much more.
p. 72 – I, too, grew to see that the Christian story was not the only story for me. But it is a foundational story, the metaphor to which I return again and again. Where is that supposed to leave the reader?
p. 72 – At St. John’s…There was less emphasis on sin in this denomination, and what sin there was, was explained… This quote is followed by a twisted understanding about Paul’s words relating to eating and drinking unworthily. The verse is not referenced, but it is clear it underlies her thoughts.
There is more to my notes, much more, actually. If you are interested in the notes, leave a comment and I will put more online, or provide through mail, etc. Otherwise, I’ve wasted too much time on this book already. Going to go ahead and get the review done.