Homily for Sunday, July 26th, 2015 || Proper 12B || 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-19; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 || The Rev. Margot D. Critchfield
We could use a good miracle right about now, couldn’t we? A good mind-expanding, death-defying, heart-healing, miracle…the kind of crowd-pleasing miracle of Biblical proportions that could satisfy our hunger……our hunger for just the right words to say to the anguished and grief-stricken; our hunger for a sure and certain faith in times of uncertainty; our hunger for whole loaves of dense, yeasty bread to secure our future well-being.
Well, the miracle in this morning’s gospel is just such a doozy: Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000.
It’s the only miracle that appears in all four of the gospels, and that’s important. Not because it adds to the historical likelihood that Jesus actually performed some kind of mountaintop magic show with loaves of barley bread, but because it indicates that all four gospel writers want us to understand something very fundamental here about Jesus and about his presence in our lives.
You know, a lot of us go through life feeling like we’re not enough. We feel less than. And no matter what we do, we come up short. It’s not enough. We’re not enough. We want to say the right thing, do the right thing, be the right thing. And whether it’s who we are or what we say what we accomplish or where we live what we buy or who we know, enough is never enough. So we’re driven by this soul-sickening fear that we’ll never be enough or never have enough.
And all four gospels, in the person of Jesus Christ, say to that fear: “No! Stop! That’s a lie!” All four gospels tell us that when we are in the presence of Jesus Christ, there is always enough…always enough to satisfy that gnawing hunger we all have.
Because when we are in the presence of Jesus Christ, we are enough…
We have more than we need to feed the hungry, to ease the pain, to heal the hurt, to survive the storm. Because when we are in the presence of Jesus Christ, we are in the presence of God’s own Divine Love. And that is the most powerful force in all of God’s creation.
That, my friends, is the real miracle. That is a miracle of biblical proportions.
So, “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” Amen.