In Sunday’s first reading (Isaiah 55), God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. In the Gospel (Matthew 14), Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. It can be hard to relax and trust God to take care of us and nourish us with the mere scraps we often see around us. We panic and take matters into our own hands instead of trusting. With a quantity enough to feed only a few, Jesus makes this miracle, and there are leftovers to clean up. Trusting that our daily bread and even our very lives are in God’s hands is hard to do, but God has compassion for every member of the crowd. As loaves are broken and words of blessing are spoken, we are blessed and invited to be joyful recipients of God’s generosity. 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 live generously and give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.
Join Presiding Minister, Pastor Armin, and Preaching Minister, Deacon Kelly, this Sunday as together we are invited to come and taste the bread that satisfies our deepest hunger!
Image: The miracle of the five loaves and two fish (16th century Byzantine icon). Dionysiou Monastery, Mount Athos, Greece. Photo copyright © A. Burkatovski/Fine Art Images/A. Burkatovski/Superstock. Used by permission.