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Breaking Bread -- Eating God

"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body" (Matt 26:26). This New Testament - new way of looking at everything - is here now, waiting for you to savor. Jesus said, "Eat of Me!" This Me is CHRIST: "the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error" (SH 583:10).

Jesus is saying that his new testament is everywhere in your experience. Translate everything you do into spiritual substance and action. For example, every time you are hungry and you pick up a piece of bread, look deeply, translate it as I have shown you; know that it is God that you are eating and His perfect man that is doing the eating. Is there anything outside of God, anything other than God? Is not God all? Mary Baker Eddy says, "Our bread, 'which cometh down from heaven,' is Truth" (SH 35:26). Therefore, Truth is the substance that feeds and sustains spiritual man. "Jesus said unto them . . . my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven" (John 6:32). Mrs. Eddy insisted that every meal preparation in her household be a demonstration of Truth's appearing. When presented with her meal, her spiritual insight could detect whether the cook had succeeded. "For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world" (John 6:33).

How shall I eat God?
Take it! It is not a handout. It is bought with a price, as gold tried in the fire. Do not be lukewarm about it, as were the Laodiceans, neither cold nor hot. The Christ, Truth, was indigestible to them, and their lack of demonstration was vomited out of His mouth. Those who are emotionally attached to their bodies and insist on staying in dreamland are fooled into believing that they have no use for palatable Life bread. They are self-satisfied surface dwellers, unwilling to go out and pick the fruit of the Spirit.

Is God digestible?
Matter cannot digest Spirit. Only that which is Holy in you will be invigorated, strengthened, fed, and loved. Spiritual digestion forces material sense into submission simply because when you are filled with good, you no longer hunger for the speculative benefits that the senses offer.

How does God taste?
"O taste and see that the Lord is good" (Ps 34:8). The angel commanded Saint John to take the little open book; "take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey" (Rev 10:9). First knowledge of God is a transformative gift - a sweet taste of eternity and a bugle call to action. Continued growth, however, requires you "to cut off the right hand and pluck out the right eye, - that is, to set aside even the most cherished beliefs and practices, to leave all for Christ" (SH 141:7). The demands of Truth are not always easy to swallow; you need to chew on them until you understand there is no other truth possible. Pleasures and material dependence yield slowly, but as you tire of them and invite Soul to govern your bodies, all functions and conditions return to normal - sustained by spiritual power alone.

How much shall I eat?
How much incarnate error are you willing of see destroyed? How much sin are you ready to watch truth dissolve? Eat ye all of it, all that you are given. Eating the Word is a taste of Jesus' experience, a sense of his glory.

How will I recognize this true Bread?
God is unleavened bread, unaffected by the contaminating spores of this world. Conscience, intuition, and moral courage constitute the voice of good within; they will guide you.

"Give us this day our daily bread" - sufficient grace to feed our famished affections.

George Denninger ©

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