We meet Jesus today in an extraordinarily human moment. Extraordinary only because of how ordinary it is; how very human Jesus seems, given our assumptions about how the son of God behaves. Today Jesus is tired….
The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista considers the conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees in today’s gospel reading (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23): “The Pharisees were actually part of a reform movement in their day and age. They were trying, like Jesus and his followers, not to burden people with the law but to bring the law into their daily life, to help the everyday person find meaning in it… Both Jesus and the Pharisees were trying to interpret the law in the light of their current situation, not demanding observance for its own sake.”View Sermon
The Rev. George Adamik discusses John 6:56-69: “How can we satisfy our deep hunger? It begins by realizing sometimes we’re trying to fill that hunger with ‘junk food,’ with stuff that’s not going to nourish us or lead us to wholeness… Jesus came as bread, as food, and whoever is hungry can be fed.”
For reference, here are the passages by St. Augustine and Richard Rohr discussed in today’s homily:
“Christ is the bread, awaiting hunger.” (St. Augustine)
“The Eucharist is telling us that God is the food and all we have to do is provide the hunger. Somehow we have to make sure that each day we are hungry, that there’s room inside of us for another presence. If you are filled with your own opinions, ideas, righteousness, superiority, or sufficiency, you are a world unto yourself and there is no room for ‘another.’ Despite all our attempts to define who is worthy and who is not worthy to receive communion, our only ticket or prerequisite for coming to Eucharist is hunger. And most often sinners are much more hungry than the ‘saints.'” (Richard Rohr)View Sermon
The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista reflects on 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 and the endurance of wisdom: “We are complicated people, and each day we are given choices. We require wisdom to do not just that which is convenient but that which is right. Will we seek after God’s wisdom?”View Sermon
The Rev. Candy Snively discusses John 6:35, 41-51: “Have you ever wondered why doesn’t God speak up? Or let alone, why doesn’t God step up? The idea of leaving everything up to God may seem naive to us during critical times.”View Sermon