Proper 12 Year B

Filled with the fullness of God, by the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Excerpt: We will never know what went through the child’s mind, but obviously that wasn’t it, for something drew him forward. Maybe he tugged at Andrew’s sleeve and showed him the food that he’d brought with him. It seems that Andrew wasn’t particularly impressed. In fact, he sounds quite doubtful as he turns to Jesus to say, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” (John 6:9).

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The bread that gives life to the world, by Tom Mundahl

Excerpt: Because of God’s merciful justice, all creation expects and receives what it needs. In words that have become powerful portions of many table graces, the psalmist writes, “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145: 15-16). No clearer introduction to texts describing God’s nourishing the whole creation with the bread of life could be made.

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Gather the pieces that are left over and let nothing be wasted”—reverential economy of our use of God’s grace, by Dennis Ormseth

Excerpt: Just so, gratitude for the abundance of God’s great gift, coupled with a reverential economy in its use, belongs at the heart of the Christian ritual of the meal; indeed, we see that it has become a guiding metaphor for the church’ in prayer about its future existence. A grateful and conserving heart, we might say, belongs to the very essence of Christian worship of God.

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