Readings: Isaiah 55:1-5, Psalm 145, Matthew 14:13-21
And that’s just what Jesus did when he helped his disciples feed 5000+.
Jesus is bread for the world. The Bread of Life.
He, himself is abundant nourishment, for the body and the soul.
When Isaiah shouts, “listen carefully to me and eat what is good!” “incline your ear, and come to me!” He is speaking for God in Jesus Christ. “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”
Look to God, look to Christ: the true provider of daily bread, and daily needs for body and soul.
Economics is all about abundance and scarcity. With more supply, the price goes down; and price increases as the supply diminishes.
In our world, we hear messages of scarcity all the time. Actually, it drives the economy really well if you can convince someone they need something that might not be there again tomorrow.
We put a lot of resources and effort into protecting and accumulating our goods because we never know how long we may have access to them. We live in fear of not having enough, of missing out.
We live in a world that tells us to accumulate, protect, and be frugal with our resources because it’s difficult to get enough. Not everybody has enough, resources are scarce. But God says differently.
“You open wide your hand and satisfy the need of every living thing!” We pray this after our offering, every week. Do you believe it? It is true. God provides in abundance. God is a generous God.
Isaiah announces, calls, like a vendor at the fair--or a baseball game. He makes the audacious call to come and buy wine and milk without money, without price. Buy without price?!
Even Jesus’ disciples urge Jesus to let the crowds go and buy food. But Jesus tells his disciples: no, you give them what they need. Give to them without price!
Through Christ, our generosity springs out of love for God and neighbor and strikes a stark contrast to the message of scarcity that is so ingrained in our capitalist economic upbringing.
Without money, without price, Jesus fed 5000 men, besides women and children. And all ate and were filled. With leftovers! Bread of life in abundance.
In God’s kingdom there is enough. And I assure you that the kingdom is here. Jesus feeds us with himself, in bread and wine without cost, through living waters of eternal life. Then he feeds and nourishes the world through us: through our generosity, our love, our gifts of money, time, and our trades. Through our daily acts of love in our family, our friendships.
Jesus is bread. He give us life. He fills us in body and spirit. He fills the world, body and spirit, through his love.
Hear God’s promise that in Christ there is enough, hear and be nourished by the one who came so that the world might have abundant life, eternal life, through him.
Go and share the good news of God’s abundance and abundant love. Share it abundantly in your speech and in your generosity.