Jesus said to them, "I
am the bread of life."
(John 6:35 NRSV)
Each Sunday I receive bread
at Communion; and truly it nourishes me.
Like the glorious aroma of loaves in the oven, the experience
fills my senses. The warmth of human touch when the
bread is pressed into my hand; the comfort of the one
standing before me, and the One who comes to us in that
moment; and the peace that descends as the words are
said quietly over me. They fall into silence, and somehow,
by filling it, they make it more profound.
Bread rises in silence, yet
when it bakes, it fairly explodes
color, texture, and taste. Faith comes quietly as well,
yet an encounter with God is indescribable. Gary Gorby's
"Bread of Heaven" expresses this wonder. A
ray of sun pierces a cut crystal, past a shaft of wheat;
the light falls in myriad colors from one beam
in One, One in all.
The day after Jesus multiplied
a small boy's gift of bread and fish
feed the crowds at Capernaum, they went searching for
him. I rather like the warm humor with which he chided
them: "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking
for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate
your fill of the loaves." How apt that the bread
of earth can bring us the Bread of Heaven. The Episcopal
Relief and Development image "Feeding the Soul"
shows a child rushing happily with a platter of fresh
loaves; eating them must have been an experience of
God indeed. The experiences that fill our souls, and
the nourishment of human caring, are "bread of
life" as well.
The risen Jesus chose to reveal
Himself in the breaking of bread. Each artist
in this exhibition has likewise been moved to make art
about ways that God reveals Himself to us. I hope that
spending time with these works will bring God to you
in nourishing and sustaining ways.
ECVA Director of Communications