New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Today’s Reflection

PICTURE JESUS POINTING at his body as he says, “Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” It’s not hard to imagine how this metaphor tripped up more than a few people. (Indeed, in the ancient world, Christians were regularly mocked as cannibals because they talked about consuming the body and blood of Jesus in their worship meetings.) But perhaps the meaning of the metaphor is even more offensive than the metaphor itself. In this passage, Jesus claims that his very self is the sustenance we’re looking for, that, even though we may chase after many things in our lives, we only need one thing: him. In our world, this is perhaps the most offensive claim Jesus makes: he—and only he—is what everyone needs. Many of us don’t like to think of ourselves as having needs. And if we concede that we have needs, we imagine that we’re unique enough that no one-size-fits-all solution exists. Still, Jesus says that he is the source of life for all. Does this offend you?

—Matthew Croasmun

Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

Do Jesus’ words in John 6 offend you?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And Jesus said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
—John 6:65-69 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, help me know the difference between what you ask of me and what the world asks of me. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room or share it in the comment section.

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  • robert moeller Posted August 30, 2019 6:16 am

    No, I don’t think I am offended. It is not hard to figure out that my abilities are quite limited. I can’t raise people from the dead. Even natural disasters are beyond my ability to stop. Without Jesus I am nothing.

    Thankful for the resources that make life possible.

    Prayers for the needs, concerns, and joys of the UR family, my church family,
    my family, and friends. Thank You, Lord.

  • robert moeller Posted August 30, 2019 6:21 am

    Thank you! Anneliese has a memory foam bed. It is of great help.

  • Julie Posted August 30, 2019 8:15 am

    I have never been offended and don’t know why one would feel offended. I don’t agree with the reflection. We all have needs, our bodies rely on food and water and we need shelter from the weather and danger. But we also need to be fed spiritually. I have always seen Jesus’ words as saying He is all we need spiritually. We need only Him and should worship none other.
    Prayers for Robert and praise for Anneliese’s new bed.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry and her students, may all be caring with one another.
    Prayers for Mary and may her joy know no bounds.
    Prayers for healing for Andrea, Connie, Erich and Marcy.
    Prayers, blessings and warm hugs dear UR faithful family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted August 31, 2019 3:55 am

      Thanks Julie for all your prayers!

      Help us to do what is right and pleasing to you, O God!

      In our lives, may you be glorified, O God!


  • Jack Posted August 30, 2019 12:26 pm

    Wow, offended no. But what a jerk the writer is. How does he think anyone can handle life on their own? To be like Jesus is never attainable but seekable!

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