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August 6, 2017

posted Aug 9, 2017, 9:46 AM by Susan Fernandez

As Lutherans, this past sermon really speaks to us. It’s about food. But it’s also about conflicts of rest and responsibility. For me, having just come back from vacation – and our first cruise – I can relate.

We start with a glimpse of Jesus’ human side, seeking a way to get away from the pressures he’s been facing. While he didn’t have a big cruise ship at his disposal, he did try to sail away. But even in this, as he rowed, he was met with a huge crowd, and one that was getting hungry. Matthew 14:13-21 tells the story about feeding thousands with just a couple loaves of bread and fish.

Just like so many of us in the summer who try to get away, every vacation still is met with our responsibilities. Our friends and families may give us some respite, but it is usually short lived. We are held to a certain standard in others’ eyes. And we seek to meet those standards in our own ways like cooking, laundry, finances, etc. Sometimes we take a moment from our vacation to check in, or jump right back into our routine when we return. But it is still nice to get away to re-energize.

But we see in this story, people in Jesus’ time didn’t give him the luxury to get away. And he always met his responsibilities with wit, passion, and grace. Not only did he feed those thousands, but there were left overs! Perhaps his human side showed some grumbling in private moments, but the disciples show us this combination of human with divine bringing peace and comfort time and again in so many ways.

I only hope I can follow this example to come back from summer vacations serving others with enthusiasm, showing through my actions the love of Christ. Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Even at the beach.