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There is a lot of food for thought in this week’s Revised Common Lectionary lessons! And no matter how many people partake in that food, there will be leftovers – at least according to the readings from 2 Kings and John. So, in that spirit, here are a few tidbits to help get your sermon stewing:

Who was the boy and how did Jesus’ disciples know that he had food? When it was such a small amount in comparison with the size of the crowd, why would the disciples even mention it to Jesus? Perhaps the boy was an admirer of Jesus, and had brought the food as a gift to him and his disciples. Or maybe the boy was Andrew’s son, who had traveled up to bring food to his father and uncle.

The letter to the Ephesians prays that the community may be rooted in love. How is your community rooted in love? How do you show that love beyond your own community members?

2 Samuel begins by incriminating David: this is the time of the year when kings go to war, but David send his men to fight for him while he stays home lounging around and assaulting his soldiers’ wives. How did such a man become a hero in the faith? What kind of example does he give to us – either to follow or avoid?

Thanks for sharing your ideas and insights on this week’s texts! Happy writing.

Katya Ouchakof is living the bivocational professional life, serving as a hospital chaplain and a paddlesports professional in Madison, WI (USA).

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