The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Readings: Genesis 32.22-31; Psalm 17.1-7, 16; Romans 9.1-16; Matthew 14.13-21
The Gospel reading for this Sunday is surely one of the best known and loved accounts of Jesus mission: The Feeding of the Five Thousand. Two Fish. Five Loaves. A compassionate Christ. Satisfied stomachs. Abundant leftovers.
A miracle among miracles.
There is more, however. Our text opens with Jesus intention: to find ‘a desolate place by himself…’ As we know he found a needy crowd and all their sick. This Christ-planned retreat became an afternoon of people-involved work before it even began. Surely it would be reasonable, as the disciples suggest, to send this crowd away in time to obtain their own sustenance?
The feeding of the crowd, however, extends Jesus stay. Jesus lingers. Jesus blesses. Jesus provides abundantly – far beyond all expectations. Here is more than one who can multiply food. Here is one who delights to be with us. One who delights to be with you.
Perhaps there is an easily missed invitation here for you to linger longer with one who deeply desires your company.
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