20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ 

What do I “wish to see”?

To “wish to see Jesus” means wishing to see all that is most true, beautiful and loving in life.

Sadly, too often, I “wish to see” those parts of life that are dark, tawdry and trite. My gaze is so easily drawn away from the rich depth and purity that is Jesus. It is so tempting to chase after the ephemeral distractions that are so readily available to fill my vision.

It is a terrible designation to refer to human beings as “consumers”. But the truth is, we do consume. And, what we consume, to some degree is what we become.

I understand that it matters to my body what I eat. But, what I consume in my mind and my heart is equally food for my spirit. Too often I feed my heart with junk food and suffer the enervating effects of my inadequate spiritual diet.

Eating resides at the heart of Jesus’ story and at the core of Christian practice. Jesus fed people.

Eric Feather Jesus Christ Feeding 5000 (detail 2020) Pennsylvania used with permission http://ericfeather.com/

He fed their physical bodies in a most dramatic display of power. But, more importantly, Jesus fed their spiritual bodies with the food of “eternal Life.”

In the central act of Christian worship, we hold up bread and say, “This is Jesus; eat Jesus.” Consume love; Ingest compassion; be filled with light. Look at beauty, truth and love. Touch the  goodness in your inner being. Nurture the Life of your spirit in the life of your body.

I need to pay attention to what I am looking at and be honest about the nourishment I am taking into my heart.

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What spiritual food am I consuming? Where is my gaze most commonly focused?