John 6:52-59, The Flesh of God with Its Life Poured Out, Divine Life Given

[August 16, 2015] This is the Gospel Reading for the 11th Sunday after Trinity. We are now well into Jesus’ sermon in the synagogue of Capernaum after his miraculous feeding of the five thousand with only five loaves of barley bread and two fish. This reading ends the discourse. We have seen how . . . → Read More: John 6:52-59, The Flesh of God with Its Life Poured Out, Divine Life Given

John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

[August 2, 2015] Today is the 9th Sunday after Trinity, during the quiet growing season of the Christian year. During the last two Sundays we heard the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five barley loaves and two fish. The first time, we heard it read from Mark’s gospel, the second . . . → Read More: John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

Matthew 15:21-38, The Master of the Feast

[August 19, 2012] After the series of parables that Jesus told in Matthew 13, Jesus went home to Nazareth where He was poorly received and got word of the death of John the Baptist. When He sought to withdraw, thousands of people followed Him and He healed their sick and miraculously fed . . . → Read More: Matthew 15:21-38, The Master of the Feast

Matthew 15:21-38, Jesus Our Satisfaction

[October 5, 2008] As believers in Christ, Christ Himself calls us together to remember Him. We remember Him by hearing the Gospel. When we really give the Gospel our open, trusting and attentive hearing, then the Holy Spirit within us testifies of Christ (John 15:26; 14:26) and becomes the reality of Christ . . . → Read More: Matthew 15:21-38, Jesus Our Satisfaction

Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Messiah’s New People

[August 5, 2012] After Jesus’ “sermon” of the seven parables, a new section of Matthew’s gospel begins. This section, in my view, extends from 13:54 to 20:34 and is about the church, or as we shall see as it fully develops, the church in the light of the kingdom of the heavens. . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Messiah’s New People

Mark 6:30-44, Jesus Our Abundance

[June 27, 2010] The passage we come to now is rich. It is the central passage of the present section of the Gospel according to Mark (6:6b—8:26) in which Jesus manifests who He is, but no one really “gets” it, not even the disciples (see 6:52; 8:17-21). In the following section, in 6:27-29, . . . → Read More: Mark 6:30-44, Jesus Our Abundance

Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Grace of God in Christ

[September 21, 2008] In the Gospels we remember Jesus through the eyes of others, others who saw and heard and touched Him, and because of the Holy Spirit, when we do this He becomes present to us. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Him, He is present both in . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Grace of God in Christ