Proper 12  – Year B; Preached on July 29, 2018; At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline, MA; The Reverend Jeffrey W. Mello

2 Kings 4:42-44Psalm 145:10-19Ephesians 3:14-21John 6:1-21

This morning, with the story of the feeding of the 5,000, we begin a once-every-three-year five-week journey through what is called the “the Bread of Life discourse” from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John.

To help us dive more deeply into the meaning of these passages, we will be using real bread, baked by members of this community, for our communion bread. Though they are efficient, those small white communion wafers do not always communicate the richness of God’s love they are meant to represent.

And we will sing as our Communion hymn “Taste and See.”  Based on Psalm 34, it is our hope that, during this five week encounter with the bread of life discourse we will, all of us, grow in our understanding of what Jesus offers of himself as the bread of life, that we might, all of us, both taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Taste and see.  Taste and see. That is the invitation, to us, and to the crowd who are part of the crowd that are fed with a few loaves of barley bread and just two fish.  This crowd tastes the goodness of the lord as they feast on the food offered them.

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