Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. (Matthew 14:19-20)
In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. At the eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.
How Hungry Are You?”
The Hymn of the Day at traditional services this week is “Lord Whose Love In Humble Service” (ELW 712) as we remember Jesus’ compassion and the call to be the body of Christ to children who are homeless, the hungry who cry for bread, captives who long for freedom, and the grieving who mourn their dead. In New Day we will sing “One Bread, One Body” as our Worship Song, and proclaim that our God is “one Lord of all.” It is a needful message in our times.
Home Devotional Questions
- What is your greatest hunger in life … is it relational, physical, spiritual, or emotional?
- Is food really scarce, or is the problem in our world really one of hoarding and gluttony?
- Do you really believe in God’s abundance?