Jesus and his friends need quiet time alone after Jesus’s cousin John the Baptist is beheaded by the wicked King Herod. No time for quiet: a huge crowd finds them. His compassion for the crowds is so great that he begins to teach them all day until late afternoon. The disciples tell Jesus that it’s time to tell the crowd that the preaching is over and it’s time to go home, because they must be hungry. Jesus tells them to feed them themselves! What? Jesus expects that disciples become instant caterers? There were five thousand of them, not to mention women and children.
Everyone is so excited about the miracle. They want him to become their version of “American Idol”! Jesus orders the disciples to get into a boat, go to the other side of the lake while he disappears into the hills for some alone time with his Father. Wow, what quick changes! Not only that, but a tremendous storms comes on the lake—and this time, Jesus is not in the boat with them; he’s walking on the water!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
“It is I: don’t be afraid.” v. 50
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we read 2 Corinthians.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…