Sunday, August 02, 2009

Ninth Sunday After Pentcost


Today the liturgical churches that use the Common Lectionary are celebrating the ninth Sunday after Pentecost.. The Gospel for today is John 6:24-35
It is a story full of promise and life changing possibility> It offers so very much to anyone who will take it.
And yet it is a sad story.

It introduces us again to a bunch of people who saw and tasted a miracle done by Jesus. They wanted more of the same. So they chased Him across the lake. The wouldn’t quit until they found him.

But they didn’t chase after Him because they thought He was God. They didn’t even think He was the Messiah.

When they found him Jesus summed up their motivation nicely . He said (verse 26) “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill”

They wanted more food. They wanted somebody who could keep them supplied.
Jesus tells them to get the food that endures to eternal life they need to believe in Him.

The Crowd which is very practical says they will believe if he gives another sign or another miracle and suggest it be one like Moses giving food in he wilderness.
If Jesus can come up with more bread they will believe.

God in human form stands before them. He offers them Himself. He tells them He is the bread of life. He is the answer to their deepest hunger . He is the answer to the thirst that never goes away..

But they want food for the body not the soul.
That’s why the story is so sad.
They were giving up what they really needed because it wasn’t what they wanted.
In some sense this is the sad story of our age.
We have given up God for practical things.
We pray to science to deliver more bread.
Our real hungers go unfed.
The deep emptiness of our souls. The feeling that something is missing.
We fill the void with drugs, drink, sex, pursuit of money.

All the time Jesus reaches out to us and offers us what we need.
It is a sad story.
But the good news is that some still hear and respond.
Some lives are still changed and made new.
Some hungers are met.
Praise God.

11 Comments:

Anonymous quilly said...

Take. Eat. This is my body ....

I choose the bread of eternal life.

1:51 AM  
Blogger Dulce Rosales said...

I wish it was so easy... Why has Jesus let me down so many times? Although I must admit I've got loads to be thankful for... But what about the rest? Those who suffer deeply and for life?

3:52 AM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

Quilly- Good choice
Dulce- It is that easy.
I and every other Christian that has made it knows it's real. We wish we had answers to all those why questions but we don't.
We have, however, had our hunger and thirst met.

4:44 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I'm STUFFED!!! Women of Faith weekend was AWESOME as always!!! Our God is an AWESOME God!

6:09 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

This is, as you said, so easy, so true and you gave an excellent explanation of it too -food for mind and spirit, food for body. Understanding the difference though apparently is a tough nut for a lot to swallow but once done, makes all the difference in the world.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

As always, you write an easy to understand sermon and end it on such a positive note.

Tell the dragons to come visit me.

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8:26 AM  
Blogger Thom said...

Wonderful sermon. If you don't have bread to nourish yourself how will you be able to have Him for all the rest?

9:02 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

Well said. How sad it is that people look to all those other things to fill their real needs. My son is showing much maturity in what he chooses and what he sees that other choose, unfortunately. I'm really proud of him. He's 25 and was here a lot this past month.

5:14 PM  
Blogger KB said...

Having hope is one of the things that makes us human.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

As I was driving to an off-campus service this afternoon, I realized that I wasn't positive that we had someone to deliver the message. I seriously considered adapting your sermon if I had been "volunteered" to fill the breech. I was almost disappointed when I saw a pastor's car. ;) (Off the cuff isn't exactly my strong suit.) :)

6:59 PM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

I think one of the main problems with the decline of popular religion is that it has been replaced by a form of specialisation that cuts the world into little bits. This is similar to the attitude of the crowd you speak about. Spirituality links those bits into a whole. And only then can a wider appreciation be had.

1:06 AM  

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