Our Scripture readings for this coming Sunday, July 29 are: 2 Kings 4: 42-44, Ephesians 4: 1-6, and the Gospel from John 6: 1-15. The theme is: God Provides.
In the first reading we get an immediate connection with our Gospel for the day, a message of sharing what little we have. Elisha, the prophet graciously received a gift of bread that was far too small an amount to feed the people gathered. Yet, Elisha trusted God and set the little he had before a 100 people and they all ate, were filled, and had some left over. Elisha understood how generous God is and that when we give all we have, God can provide all that is needed for everyone. The abundance of bread came after Elisha was willing to share the little he had!
In the Gospel of John 6: 1-15, we have a similar story of abundance out of almost nothing. This wonderful miracle depended on the generosity of a young man who presented his five loaves and two fish to the Apostles. The apostles almost laughed at this meager offering; how could this possibly feed this vast crowd? The young man becomes the catalyst for turning what is a little into an abundant feast for all.
Notice that in both stories generosity was the key. And what was a small insignificant gift is turned into a banquet. The hungry were fed because someone was willing to share even the little he had.
For us to repeat this wonderful miracle we don’t need a lot. We don’t have to wait to win the lottery to be generous. We start with what we have and we share. This can be money, time, or talent. What is important is that we see ourselves as the instrument for sharing God’s great gifts. What we have been given, we gladly share with others.
And for this miracle to happen, for us to have the grace to be generous, we need to see ourselves united with our brothers and sisters as one family. St. Paul preaches this from prison as he tells us “to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
For us who call ourselves Christians, we have a far way to go to make the words of Paul a reality. So many go hungry, die young, never realize their God-given potential because the rest of us do not share even the little we have. We must remember, “The hand of the Lord feeds us and answers all our needs.”
Please join us for worship on Sunday at 8:00 or 10:30 AM. We are at 4051 N. 25th Street, just north of Capitol Drive, in the heart of the city.