One of the ways biblical scholars discern if a text is likely historically true is if it would have been considered scandalous at the time it was written. What could be more scandalous than eating human flesh and blood—blood which was considered ritually impure? Yet Jesus boldly asks his disciples to “feed” on him. The Eucharist is perhaps the strangest element of our faith, yet the most amazing because it literally unifies us with Christ.

How do we “feed on” Christ in our day to day? What spiritual practices unite us in friendship with Jesus? Not only does he share his life with us through the Eucharist, but also through prayer, meditation, the ways we bless one another, and through the holiness of our daily labor. These spiritual things, when seen or talked about publicly, are perhaps considered scandalous among some of our contemporaries, but Jesus still calls us to boldly unify ourselves with him through Sacrament, prayer, and our daily action.

Andy Otto, originally from Boston, is currently a high school theology teacher for the Diocese of Sacramento. He also runs the Ignatian blog God In All Things.