In the Hebrew text for today we hear the prophet Joshua demanding of the people "choose whom you will serve!"  I think of the Bob Dylan song "Gotta Serve Somebody"

You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride

You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side

You may be workin' in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair

You may be somebody's mistress, may be somebody's heir

But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes

You're gonna have to serve somebody

Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you're gonna have to serve somebody

The truth of these words plays out every moment of every day for the people of God as the myriad of choices we make every moment of our lives bring us into communion with God or find us in contention with God.  One of the ways we stay in communion with our God is in the very gift of communion itself, the Eucharist.  As Lutherans, we profess the truth of a real presence, in with and under the bread and wine when they are consecrated, with the words of institution in the midst of the people of God.

The gospel text for today is more of the discourse on the Bread of Life and Jesus is again exhorting us to take into ourselves the very substance of His body and blood as nourishment for the work of the kingdom and assurance of our value to our Creator.

bread transparent holy communion clip artbread transparent holy communion clip artI long to celebrate this life-giving sacrament with you all again soon but as we wait for that joyful reunion/communion let us ever be mindful of whom we serve and why we serve.