“This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” John 6:40
Jesus is the Good News. He Is the bread of life, the one who can provide sustenance for not only our present life, but also the life to come. Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel explains that there is so much more to life than the daily search for food to fill our stomachs. There is the knowledge that God provides for us, through his Son Jesus, everlasting nourishment to enable us to live with him in his glory. The power of this passage takes my breath away.
When we say as Christians that we have a Savior, we rejoice and the light of this joy shines from our hearts. Each night in Compline, we read the Song of Simeon, recalling Simeon’s instantaneous recognition of the Savior: “Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.” The Savior that Simeon saw was but a babe in his mother’s arms. Yet Simeon felt the peace of the knowledge that God had provided Jesus as the way, and that all would be right with God’s world. The peace that Simeon felt is the peace that we all may feel when we trust completely that God has indeed provided, and we need only to have faith in his providence,
the gift of the Son.
As we read Compline together on Zoom, we feel this peace in our gathering. Laying down our human struggles and troubles, we rest in the circle of trust that is possible through the liturgy we pray. Truly, the Lord provides.