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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

Barbara Lundblad: Who Will Feed Them? You.

Matthew 14:13-21

9th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 06, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

 

When Matthew wrote his gospel, he didn't put in any titles. Neither did any of the gospel writers. But now Most Bibles have added titles to help us find things we're looking for. In my Bible, the title of this section of Matthew is "Feeding the Five Thousand." But that's wrong! Here's what the text actually says, "And those who ate were about 5,000 men, besides women and children." Matthew is the only gospel writer who adds those last words, "besides women and children." So, how many would that be? Did most men come with their wives? That would mean at least ten thousand adults. If each family had two children, that would bring the total to 20,000 or more if they had large families. Of course, we'll never know the exact number. It's hard to estimate the size of a crowd - just think about the arguments over crowd size at the president's inauguration in January. Were there more people than at the last inauguration? Were there more people at the Women's March the next day? Even aerial photographs couldn't settle the arguments.

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The Rev. David Beckmann

David Beckmann: How God Can Use Us to End Hunger

Matthew 13:31-33

8th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

July 30, 2017

The Rev. David Beckmann (ELCA)

 

In these two little parables from Matthew 13, Jesus says that the Kingdom of Heaven starts with little things - a dad helping his child learn how to write her name, someone really listening to her friend, a group of people getting together to solve a problem. God uses little things to do big things. Jesus talked about leaven: it takes half a teaspoon of yeast to make two big loaves of bread. And he said that our loving God uses our faith, even if it's just a little bit of faith - the size of a mustard seed - to move mountains.

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The Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell (PCUSA)

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