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You Are What You Eat – Sermon on John 6:51-58 for Pentecost 12B

August 15, 2021

“You are what you eat.”

Where did this saying come from? As near as we can tell, the idea probably started in the nineteenth century in France or Germany. The actual phrase didn’t emerge in English until some time later. An ad for a meat market in 1923 stated: “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.”

I’m not sure where the meat market got its statistics, but this does seem to be the first time the phrase “you are what you eat” made it into print. The simple idea that we need to eat wholesome food in order to stay healthy had a new catch phrase.

It’s true for our spiritual health, as well. Sometimes we get spirit and body confused. We feed our bodies because we experience spiritual hunger. In today’s reading from the sixth chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus addresses this confusion. Continue reading