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.

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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

August 2nd Sermon John 6:24-35


This week marks the second week in a row that the lectionary’s Gospel reading deals with John Chapter 6. This chapter mainly focuses on the feeding of the 5,000 and what it means for Jesus to be the “bread of life.”  The next three weeks in August will also deal with this chapter, and I hope to post a sermon for each week. This being the first week in August, this sermon was preached at St. Mark’s Anglican here in Winnipeg. The remaining three sermons will be preached at St. Philip’s.

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John 6:24‐35

6:24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 6:25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 6:26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Continue reading

Five Thousand Feasted*


This Sunday’s Gospel reading from the Lectionary was Matthew 14:13-21. This is commonly called the Feeding of the Five Thousand. My sermon from this morning is entitled Five Thousand Feasted*.

The asterisk is important because it serves as a reminder that story tells us that there were Five Thousand men, along with women and children.  I think this is an important aspect of the story, which I bring attention to in the sermon.

Five Thousand Feasted*: Sermon for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost. (RCL)

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