Jesus withdraws to a deserted place after learning about John’s murder. The disciples, overwhelmed with so many hungry people, seek out Jesus who, in spite of or perhaps because of his pain, reacts with compassion.
The miracle of the “Feeding of the 5,000” is important enough to appear in all four gospels and follows the mustard seed teaching. It’s a story that reaches us today, indoctrinated into powerlessness by political definitions of what power is.
Jesus’ disciples are given what they need to continue his work. In Jesus’ alternative reality, even the most meager resources mimic mustard seed and grows to overtake the powers and principalities of this world with compassion until every deserted place is where the weak are served and healed, because compassion is the law of the land. When we need it, God will give us the power to work for good in the world and it will be enough.
The songs are “When Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” and “Break Thou the Bread of Life.” The sermon, service and this week’s tweets quote and reference Bayler, Iwan Russell-Jones, Clifton Kirkpatrick, and Dock Hollingsworth, .
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