Prayer: Thanks for feeding me, Lord.
Reading: Mark 6:30-44 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: On Fridays we take a look at Camp Mount Luther’s summer curriculum, “La Frontera.” Today’s reading is an alternate story for Day 5--In the breaking of bread, we recognize our Lord.
“Do you ever eat at home?” one of my Facebook followers asked. I do like to eat out. And often I will “check-in.” A recent trip around Seneca Lake in New York, I checked-in at each winery and restaurant. I got a few responses, like, “Stop rubbing it in.” Anyhow, eating is fun. It’s more than just sustaining our lives. There is something special about sitting down at the table with family or friends, laughing and talking over food and drink.
I wonder about Jesus, his disciple and this great crowd that were fed. Jesus started with a little bread and a couple of fish and fed everybody and there were left-overs! Don’t you think that story is about more than nourishing the body? In one of John’s resurrection stories the disciples recognize Jesus when he gives them bread and broiled fish. It’s a bit intuitive, but every meal is sacramental, I think. Hot dogs at a picnic or steak at a reception—Jesus is there.
Stay tuned—next Friday we look at Matthew’s account of Jesus feeding a crowd. --Jim Bricker
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