II Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus satisfies the hunger of five thousand people with only a few loaves of bread and two fish. And after the people had eaten their fill there was enough food left over to fill twelve baskets. John tells us that “the people seeing the sign that He had given, said, ‘This really is the Prophet who is to come into the world.'” Jesus then perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, and He withdrew from the crowd and went up into the mountain by Himself.
This really was the Prophet whom the people had been longing for. However, He came not to do what they expected of Him; Jesus came to do what God expected of Him.
These lines have been adapted from a poem by a Mexican mystic:
Alone we are only a spark,
but in the Spirit of Love we are a fire.
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