Text for Sunday August 30 – The Hungry 5,000

In meeting for worship yesterday we spent some time re-reading key passages from our study in Luke, then I did a bit of rehashing some of the stories and talked about them as “paths” of intervention, or clues to how God is at work, and how we are to respond. Finally, we had open worship and a time to reflect inwardly on these passages.

I have six more discussions on Luke which will bring us into early October and I am looking forward to the last set of “interventions.”

This week we will be reflecting on the feeding of the five thousand:

“On their return the apostles told Jesus all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida. When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured.
The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.” But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” They did so and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.” (Luke 9:10-17 NRSV).

  • What do you think is the intervention taking place here?
  • How does this text show us how to understand (or interpret) God’s work in the world?
  • Do you see any of this resonating with, or connecting to your own life and today’s world? What is it?