Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 02-AUG-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Peter Russell
Pentecost 9 – Following Jesus – In the gospel passage, Matthew tells us how Jesus provided a satisfying evening meal, indeed a banquet, for five thousand hungry men and goodness knows how many hungry women and children, when he drew on a food supply of just five bread rolls and two fish. He broke the bread with prayer and asked for it to be shared. One of the more rational explanations for the miracle suggests that Jesus had persuaded the people to be kind to each other and share the food they had taken along for themselves. But that is not the main or only lesson. There had earlier been another banquet of a very different kind, a birthday party for the notoriously corrupt Herod, to which only the political and religious elite were invited, and it became a banquet of death when the head of John the Baptiser was ceremoniously delivered on a food platter. The hospitality of Jesus, on the other hand, brings life and food to everyone without distinction. And don't be surprised if you find yourself in trouble with the powerful and influential when you walk the same way as Jesus.
Matthew 14:13-21

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