Meditations in the Desert: Eucharista

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The Lord spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt.  He said, “Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time.”~ Numbers 9:1, 2 NIV

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” ~ Psalm 23:5a, KJV

” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”~ Luke 22:19


     The desert is a place of spiritual battle.  It is place where one withdraws from the world to confront the enemies of self, the devil and his demons.  At this place, our enemies have less advantage for their ally in the world has diminished.  Yet at the same time they’re presence and one’s awareness of them seems to increase.  They no longer hide among the shifting shadows of the world but come out in all of their ugly colors and shapes.  Here at this place, the Lord, our Good Shepherd, prepares a table before us.  I’ve often seen this as a reference to the Table of the Lord.  It suggests the provision of manna in the desert and the new bread from heaven, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Because this sacrifice is our deliverance the proper context of enjoining in this table is that of eucharista or thanksgiving. 

     We must let each reminder of life, which is always a miracle in the desert, be a place to turn our eyes in thankfulness to our heavenly Father.  We find then the tapestry of our life embedded with treasures and blessings from God the deepest being his very presence that is with us.  Christ in the desert with us, Christ, Immanuel.  A Brother from the Benedictine Abbey of  Christ in the desert wrote: “It [the desert] is both a place of testing and a place of supplication; a crucible and a ciborium.”  The Israelites celebrated passover for the first time when they were fleeing the Egyptians bent on destroying them.  Judas sat at Jesus’ table and Jesus was about to begin his passion when he celebrated passover and gave thanks.  In the presence of our enemies we must face the glory of the crucified one who comes present to us in bread and wine.  Whether we literally partake of the Sacrament of the Altar or we contemplate it spiritually we must be in touch with Christ the source of life.  It is his passion and bitter suffering that is our victory over the forces of darkness within and without us.  In the midst of spiritual battle we must look to him and give thanks. 

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About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

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