Monday, July 23, 2018

10th after pentecost year b - john

Special thanks to River Needham for their collaboration on questions yet again!

John 6:1-21
After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, 
     also called the Sea of Tiberias.
     2A large crowd kept following him, 
          because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick.
     3Jesus went up the mountain 
     and sat down there with his disciples.
          4Now the Passover, 
               the festival of the Jewish people, 
                    was near.
     5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, 
          Jesus said to Philip, 
               “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?”
                    6Jesus said this to test Philip, 
                         for Jesus knew what he was going to do.
          7Philip answered Jesus, 
               “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread 
                    for each of them to get a little.”
          8One of Jesus' disciples, 
               Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, 
                    said to him,
                         9“There is a child here 
                              who has five barley loaves and two fish. 
                                   But what are they among so many people?”
          10Jesus said, 
               “Make the people sit down.” 
                    Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; 
                         so they sat down, 
                              about five thousand in all.
          11Then Jesus took the loaves, 
               and when he had given thanks, 
                    he distributed them to those who were seated; 
               so also the fish, 
                    as much as they wanted.
               12When they were satisfied, 
                    Jesus told his disciples, 
                         “Gather up the fragments left over, 
                              so that nothing may be lost.”
                                   13So they gathered them up, 
                                   and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, 
                                        left by those who had eaten, 
                                             they filled twelve baskets.
          14When the people saw the sign that Jesus had done, 
               they began to say, 
                    “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” 

15When Jesus realized that they were about to come 
     and take him by force to make him king, 
          he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
     16When evening came, 
          Jesus' disciples went down to the sea,
          17got into a boat, 
          and started across the sea to Capernaum. 
               It was now dark, 
               and Jesus had not yet come to them.
          18The sea became rough 
               because a strong wind was blowing.
                    19When they had rowed about three or four miles, 
                         they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, 
                              and they were terrified.
                    20But Jesus said to them, 
                         “Here I AM
                              do not be afraid.”
                                   21Then they wanted to take Jesus into the boat, 
                                        and immediately the boat reached the land 
                                             toward which they were going. 

Queeries for the text:
How many sides are there for Jesus to keep crossing over?
How does Passover's nearness matter?
How do we suffer from a theology of scarcity?
What do we lose with all of the fragments left over that we do not gather up?
If these children of Israel have already eaten, who gets these crumbs?
How can 12 baskets fit in 5 loaves?  How much fish was left over?
What does it mean to be a public leader who also exists in private, withdrawn spaces?
Why did the disciples leave without Jesus and then get scared when he caught up to them?  What else did they expect?
Does Jesus always come in dark, rough times?  Was the Holy Spirit just being extra persistent? 
What does space mean when Jesus can manipulate both water and shore?
Did Jesus ever actually get into the boat?

What are your queeries?

Today's sermon drew on this queerying of the text as well as today's second reading: Ephesians 3:14-21.  I've noticed the places where this gospel queery has impacted my sermon, but if you want to know more of my insights into those connections, please let me know!!

The visual for today's sermon.

If you'd like to listen to the sermon, the whole service was once again recorded and you are welcome to listen to it.  The second reading begins at 16:10.  The gospel reading begins at 17:44.  My sermon begins at 21:20.


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