Sunday 25th July 2021
Psalm 145: 10-18
John 6: 1-21
Hymns: Just as I am, & Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
Today we looked at the insightful miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. This miracle is the only one related in all four gospels, and this should speak to us of its significance. Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland an is known in the scriptures for bringing people to the Lord. In this account he brought the young boy with 5 loaves and 2 fishes to the Lord.
The miracle was amazing! It demonstrated that Jesus had power over created matter and could bring things into being. The people thought of him as a prophet and miracle worker, but they needed to come to see the importance of not only being physically fed by him, but also to feed of his words by faith.
The boy brought 5 loaves and 2 fish the size of sardines, and after the miracle 12 basketfuls of leftovers were there to collect.
The miracle showed Jesus to be very God. But it also demonstrated the way that Jesus chooses the need the things that we give. He took the small offering and when it was placed in his hands it was wonderfully multiplied. We may feel overwhelmed as we see the need in the world around us, but all of us can make a difference by placing whatever we have in God’s hands (money, gifts and talents).
The reading also reminds us that though we may need to face trials and storms, the Lord will come to us bringing his reassuring presence.
Today, we were able to return to congregational singing which many people found moving. May you be blessed this week as you place your lives and gifts in God’s hands, and know his upholding and peace.
Rev`d Theo Corney