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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Matthew 14:13-21

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

On this Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, we reflect on the miraculous story of Jesus feeding the crowd of more than 5,000 people with appears to be a small amount of fish and bread. As followers of Christ, we try to live our lives bringing God's love, mercy, and justice to a hurting world, but we can also become overwhelmed with the seemingly endless need in the world...just like the disciples as they looked out at the vast, hungry crowd. We need to be reminded that we bring the abundance of grace that is God's gifts to the world, which requires us to trust in the goodness of God in all things.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. Our passage may be found by following the provided link: (Matthew 14:13-21)

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • After reading the Scripture lesson, reflect on Jesus’ emotions in the moment (after hearing of John the Baptist’s death, he is surrounded by people who seek help).

  • After reading the “WHAT…” paragraph in the study guide, what do you think Jesus is revealing about God’s actions in the world?

  • After reading the “WHERE is God…” paragraph, what qualities of God’s grace do you think Jesus is demonstrating to his disciples and the crowd?

  • Read the “SO WHAT…” and “NOW WHAT…” paragraphs in the study guide and then reflect on a time that you felt powerless to help in an overwhelming situation, and how Jesus’ response to the large crowd’s need might help you re-imagine how God’s grace might help you realize that even small bits of help are powerful gifts.

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