In Wine There Is Truth

Holy communion

Are the body and blood real?

Wash my feet with wine

Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

Luke 22:19-20 NRSV

Holy Communion is also called the Last Supper or the Eucharist in Christianity. The one thing that I can say for sure is that Christianity is not united in its doctrines. Take Holy Communion for one. The Lutherans and Catholics believe in transubstantiation, that the bread and wine mysteriously change into the real body and blood of Jesus. But, doesn’t Genesis 9:4 say that “you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood?” Anyway, other churches believe in consubstantiation, or that it’s “spiritual” and not literal. Others drink grape juice and eat wafer crackers, almost like a snack. And let’s not get into the proper disposal of the leftovers! Only in the Gospel of John is it mentioned that Jesus washed feet. My point again – no unity in the Christian way of doing things. Let’s try baptism next time!

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The Righteousness of Noah

A year on the Ark

Would drive any man to drink

Drunk, naked Noah

Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard. He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he lay uncovered in his tent.

Genesis 9:20-21 NRSV

Just thinking about trying to feed or clean up the crap from hundreds of thousands of animals every day makes me want to grab a bottle of wine or a keg of beer. And there were only 8 people on board to take care of them. I’ve often wondered how they stored the food, especially fresh meat for the carnivores. Oh well! I’m sure God thought of everything.

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Mystical Eucharist

Water into wine

Jesus’ magical juice

Bloody, bloody wine

John 2:1-11

The Gospel of John is the only book where Jesus turns water into wine (John 2:1-11). I find it ironic that wine is used in the Eucharist (aka Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper) to symbolize Jesus’ blood. Of course, the Catholic sect of Christianity considers the wine to be the real blood of Christ (transubstantiation).