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The lectionary readings for Sunday Proper 11, Year B:
The Lesson: Isaiah 57: 14b-21 ("Build up,
The Psalm: Ps. 22: 22-30
The Epistle: Ephes. 2: 11-22 ("Remember that at one time
you were strangers...")
The Gospel: Mark 6: 30-44 ("The apostles returned...and told
all..they had done" and then the feeding of the five thousand.)
Just a quick reflection on the gospel lesson
for today. There are often 3 "modern" ways to interpret
miracle stories, especially this one. The first is a "Marxist"
view, each person shared what he had brought. The overturning
of selfish human nature is a miracle. Second is mythological.
The messiah provides manna for his people; he is the one who presides
over the messianic banquet. Finally, allegorical meaning is ascribed.
Five loaves might mean the five books of the law. Two fish would
be the prophets and writings.
But this feeding of so many people is the chance to see the miracle
of fecundity, as CS Lewis calls it. Not a scrap of fish and a
small chunk of bread per person. No, enough so that much was left
over. Like the wine at the wedding feast. Not just a few jugs,
but barrels and barrels. A god of superabundance.
Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, said that Jesus
can multiply the minute to accomplish the gigantic. Habitat's
goal is to wipe out unfit housing from our planet. And they take
their way of thinking from this miracle story.
1. Take whatever is available. Focus on what
2. Thank God for it.
3. Get organized. Make a plan.
4. Move out in faith.
5. Pass out what God multiplies.
Often we come to situations which can threaten
to overwhelm us. We have so little faith and material to face
it. But this story tells us the way which people of faith can
act. this eucharistic model is the model for servanthood in our