St. John is the awesome evangelist who will be our guide today and for the next few Sundays as we continue our journey through the Bible. The story of the feeding of the crowd with miracle bread and fish is told by all four evangelists. Each one focuses on the miracle in a different way, giving emphasis to certain aspects of the story. For St. John, the boy’s lunch begins the miracle. He is a young person, just like you, who wants to spend the day with Jesus. Like a good Boy Scout who is always prepared, he brings his lunch along. I wonder what he feels when Philip comes up to him and asks for his lunch! He didn’t grab hold of it and say to Philip: “It’s mine, it’s mine!” Instead he lets his lunch get into Jesus’ hands before it lands into his stomach.
Bring what you have to Jesus and watch him multiply it. Reading the Bible each day is like preparing your spiritual lunch bag to take with you. You’ll be fed spiritually by what you read, and when you give your day to Jesus, he’ll multiply your goodness, your kindness and your faith so that many others will be fed.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Bringing what I have to You v. 9
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
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