08/06/17 - "The Great Potluck Picnic in the Wilderness" - Gospel Matthew 14:13-21

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After a day of teaching the disciples about the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus learns that John the Baptist has been executed.  He goes off to a deserted place for some time of reflection but the crowds follow wherever he goes.  Out of compassion Jesus responds to the crowd with healing and sharing of food.  This great potluck picnic in the wilderness is the only miracle story reported in all four of the Gospels; maybe the real miracle is in sharing without reward or compensation.  That is very different from what we call our current "sharing economy."

 

~Pastor John