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Many of Jesus' listeners, including...

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Many of Jesus' listeners, including a number of disciples, turned away from him because of his teachings of eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Sometimes this wording still mystifies and confuses folk. During one communion service, I asked the participants, as they passed the elements, to say to one another, "This is his body," and "This is his blood." Near the conclusion of the service, a young boy near the back of the sanctuary exclaimed, in a voice that traveled well, "Aw, it's only bread!"
-- Bristow
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