Life-Giving Grains

In the twelfth chapter of St. John’s gospel we read these words of Jesus:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless the Grain of wheat falling into the earth should die, it remains alone. But if it should die, it bears much fruit.” (John 12: 24)

grainsJesus says these words as he enters into the very last days of his earthly life in human flesh. His betrayal, trial, and crucifixion await him. The Grain of Wheat dies and is entombed. Three days later he rises from death in a glorified physical body. His death leads to the fruit, the new Grain, of eternal life for all who place their faith in Christ and follow him.

Our knowledge of the Eucharist should make us think of the eucharistic Bread when we read John 12: 24. Jesus is the Grain. In His resurrection all life is  Read the rest of this entry »

No Natural Food Served Here!

Following shortly after Pascha, we have the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.  We know her as St. Photinia.  She encounters Christ, and her life is changed.  She becomes a new woman.  She leaves her past life and its sinful ways. As a new woman, in Christ, she embarks on a new way of life. 

There were many lifestyle changes brought about by her encounter with Jesus.  Among the many changes there was also a dietary change.  New menu items were added to her diet: supernatural foods. Read the rest of this entry »