Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Body and Blood of Christ—this time of year is like a sanctuary for endangered species with strange and exotic theological mysteries huddled together in one place for easy viewing. Easy viewing doesn’t make for easy preaching though, so I was delighted to discover a tidbit about “Manna” that at least got me started: to our ear the word Manna sounds like a well-behaved noun but apparently it originates in Hebrew from an exclamation. Something like “What is this stuff?!” … I have this vision of unruly Israelites standing round in the early morning shouting at Moses—”You expect us to eat this stuff?” … The same incredulity and rising disgust can be heard in the Gospel as well —”He’s going to give us his what to eat?”
So, on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, we have a question—what is this stuff? What’s going on here?
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