Famine and Feeding Five Thousand


Since I finished doing my Eucharistic Eating lecture series in Lent, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about hunger. Recently I’ve taken it a little farther and have been reading up on famine. Below is an expanded reflection on the sermon I preached last Sunday, on the Feeding of the Five Thousand as it appears in Matthew’s Gospel. The sermon itself can be found on the St. Philip’s website.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts, ask questions for clarification, challenge my statements, or all of the above, in the comments section below. Thanks.

Our Gospel reading for this morning has lots going on in it. Matthew’s account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand picks up several themes, and they are part of the themes that characterize Matthew’s Gospel as a whole.

One of the themes that runs through Matthew is that Jesus is great than Moses. Another is that Jesus is greater than the prophets. So, there are a lot of these things here, and I am going to just briefly go over some of them before we deal with other parts of this story. Finally, there are echoes of Matthew’s account of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. (Matthew 26:17-30).

harrowing famine read.

One of the books on famine that I have been reading in the last little while. It is a harrowing read and leaves one aghast at how easily we can be lured into treating each other as less than human.

First off, this encounter with the crowds comes at a very difficult time for Jesus. Our reading starts off with Jesus withdrawing to a deserted place. The after this concerns the news Jesus has just received about the death of his cousin John the Baptist. The forerunner of the kingdom has been executed by Herod, and Jesus tries to escape, to have some time alone with his grief. Continue reading

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New Home With Garden Plots


*A word of warning, this post about home and gardening may wander a bit. I hope you will stay with me, and in the end find that it does indeed all connect together.

If you have stories about receiving or sharing a garden’s bounty please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

I moved at the beginning of the month. I had been in my previous apartment for almost 13 years. My landlord wanted to renovate, and so I started to look for a new home a few months ago. Eventually I rented a house from friends who have left the province.

apartment home

The old apartment building which I called home for almost a quarter of my life.

There’s a variety of things I’ve noticed. The first is that I’m sleeping better at night. The apartment I was in had an old, basically useless, air-conditioner, and windows that only opened north, so there was no airflow. Being on the third floor, the hot air would rise and for several weeks every year sleep would become very difficult. Continue reading