A 2006 Pew Foundation survey and a Baylor Religion Survey of the same year found that 4 in 10 Americans believed God was distant from our everyday lives. But Jesus says in our gospel that the faithful abide in him and he in them (v. 56)! We need this message in view of our tendency to disbelieve that God is active in our lives. But what sense does it make? Illustrations suggested for the First Kings text above can be employed. But likewise, it is not hard to appreciate Jesus' presence in our lives when we consider how the bread we ate today is dwelling in us, nourishing us.
Tom Willadsen Christopher Keating Mary Austin Ron Love George Reed Dean Feldmeyer Bethany Peerbolte
On a day when the Gospel lesson describes a crowd of hungry people being satisfied with abundant food, and the epistle lesson reminds believers in strong language that they have already been “filled with the fullness of God,” think about what we have too much of today.
2 Samuel 11:1-15 Our scripture this week reminds us that the world situation we are currently facing is not unique, either historically or morally. King David is about to get himself into a despicable situation because of the general choices he makes as described in the first verse.
It sometimes seems to me that our world is based upon power. Those in top jobs earn enormous salaries while those at the bottom of the pile earn very little. Those in top jobs can decide how many people to employ, who to employ and how much those employees will be paid. They can decide when redundancies are necessary, and who should be made redundant. If their company fails, they may find themselves out of a job, but many of them seem to find that they have a generous golden handshake.
After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?" He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.