Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of: July 29, 2018
Scripture: John 6:1-21
He said this to test them, for he himself knew what he was going to do.
(John 6:6, NRSV)
Why is this story of feeding the five thousand so important to our story as Christian people? Maybe because the central act of this miracle story happens when Jesus takes, blesses, breaks and gives. You will no doubt recognize these actions as the same words in the same sequence as in the story of the last supper.
The repetition of this ritual action in the stories that the early Christians told about Jesus might suggest that they found that it is the way or pattern of relationship with Jesus — that somehow by grace Jesus takes what we offer, blesses it, then breaks it so that the gifts and graces we offer can be given for others in the power of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps this is the real miracle — not the number of souls fed or the initial quantity of provisions, but the movement that Jesus initiates within the disciples — a movement from scarcity to abundance, from "we can't" to "you can."
And just maybe, this is the good news of Jesus, that when people are thirsty for justice and hungry for hope, Jesus says, "Bring what you have to me."
When we allow our worship arts and our very being to be shaped by God's story, then we will truly learn that the question is never "Can we do it?" but always "Won't God do it?"
The answer to this question is always "Yes, and Amen!"
Lord, transpose your church into a blessed, broken and given people, until all the world becomes a "Yes, and Amen!" Amen.
R. DeAndre Johnson
Pastor of Music & Worship Life
Christ Church, Sugar Land
Sugar Land, TX
Photo: The Rev. Alice Rogers leads the communion liturgy during closing worship at Music & Worship Arts Week 2018. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)