This week's lectionary passage for the Gospel is Mark 6:30-34, 53-56. These are two passages broken up by the stories of the feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus walking on water. They both emphasize the common people coming in droves to Jesus for healing.
It must have been tiring for Jesus as the passage indicates that sometimes they didn't even have time to eat. He tried to get the disciples away to a deserted place for a while because they needed rest.
I see in this passage the need for rest after a period of intense ministry activity. I also see the crowds of people with their need, finding their peace and wholeness in Jesus.
How are these two things related?
As we look to advertising lines, we may find that marketing has spiritualized products to invoke a narrative that gives people an idea that this will deliver more than just a hotel or a flight or a candy bar.
|People used to dress up for their flights - do we lose |
anything by informalizing travel today? And if so,
is this related at all to worship?
How about "Snicker's really satisfies"? It may provide a little snack relief but to see the people enjoy it on the ads makes one think that they have found inner peace.
The ten commandments tell us that we are "To remember the Sabbath and keep it holy." Maybe this is how we are to combine the rest that we need with our coming to Jesus for peace.
This Sunday, I'll be preaching on this passage using the sermon title, "Comfort Ye My People". My hope is that it will "really satisfy"! And we'll leave the light on for you!
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