Forget Propriety

“Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’” 

John 12:20-21

Three years ago, I took some children to church. I coached them on what to expect, especially during communion.

Kneel at the altar. Receive the body of Christ (wafer). Dip it into the chalice with the blood of Christ (wine). Take communion. 

Simple, or so I thought.

The time came. Altar. Kneel. Wafer. Uh-oh.

The eucharistic minister was perplexed. Mario didn’t DIP the wafer; he misunderstood, DROPPED it into the chalice and eagerly awaited the minister to give him communion. 

In this scriptural text, non-Jews make a bold request, “We wish to see Jesus.” Did they obey social propriety? Did Jesus even care?

Written by Anton Flores-Maisonet for Red Letter Christians

Image from Wikimedia Commons

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