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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. Dr. Quincy Brown

You're Not Yourself When You're Hungry

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

10th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

August 02, 2015

The Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown (UMC)

Patrick wasn't his usual self. From the moment he walked into the room, I could tell something was off. He didn't want to read, he wasn't interested in drawing, he didn't care about playing checkers. He wasn't his usual chipper and curious self. Instead he acted more like the ogre Shrek. He was irritable, grumpy and complained that nobody cared about him. Between his complaints, I could hear a low groan from deep within his stomach, and I knew that he hadn't had breakfast. He told me that he hadn't had a good breakfast since his grandmother died a couple of weeks ago. 

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