August 5, 2018
Still in John’s Gospel’s 6th chapter – this Sunday, we’ll encounter the crowd Jesus fed previously. Here, they follow him asking for more – more food and more proof Jesus is connected to God the way he says he is.
The crowd, however, appears, at best, to be staring at the rearview mirror, rather than looking and seeing through the windshield. The belly-focused crowd refuses to recognize that the desert manna wasn’t God delivering some fast food. Rather, food from heaven was God nourishing, sustaining and transforming Israel from enslaved peoples to a Chosen People. This free-lunch bunch will not connect God’s liberating activity in Moses’ desert with Jesus’ new Exodus movement for all humanity – in every time and place. The crowd sees Jesus, only as a solution to their food shortage problem.
At our 9:30 A.M., worship, in prayer, Word, song, sermon and Meal, we’ll ask God for the grace to: accept God’s gifts to us – even the cross-shaped ones; believe in those gifts’ power to change our minds; trust those gifts’ power to change our hearts; and bring us to a place where we find ourselves alive within the near, present and active God … the one who, seated on the throne’ said, ”See, I am making all things new.”