Grace Dwells in the Word
Sunday, August 2, 2020 Lectionary 18
Prayer for receiving the Word:
Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from you. Bless us as we read the scriptures. Make us hunger for the Word of life, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Gospel: (Scripture was written to be heard. Please, give it a voice. Read it aloud.)
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14
When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15
When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves." 16
Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." 17
They replied, "We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish." 18
And he said, "Bring them here to me." 19
Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20
And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21
And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
- What does the passage have to say about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
- What is word is God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) speaking to me in this passage?
- What word does the passage speak about how we live in community together?
- What does God want me to do?
see Mark 6:37-44; Luke 9:13-16 and John6:5-13.
In verse 13 “this” most likely refers to the beheading of John the Baptist (14:1-12). Concerning deserted places see Matthew 3:1-3; 4:1; 11:7. Jesus’ compassion for the crowd is common to Matthew 9:36; 15:32; 20:34. The story recalls the temptation in Matthew 4:3-4, The Lord’s Prayer in 6:11 and the Lord’s Supper in 26:26. God provides for Israel in the desert, Exodus 16 and Numbers 11. Elisha feeds people in 2Kings 4:42-44. The eschatological banquet is promised in Isaiah 25:6-9.
Semicontinuous First Reading: Genesis 32:22-31
Jacob wrestled all night with God, and when God wanted to get away as dawn was breaking, Jacob would not let God go until God had blessed him. Jacob’s name is changed to Israel to mark his new relationship with God as he enters the land. Jacob is astonished that he remains alive after seeing God face-to-face.
[At night Jacob] got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.23
He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24
Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25
When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26
Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 27
So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28
Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” 29
Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30
So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” 31
The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.
Semicontinuous Psalm: Psalm 17:1-7, 15
I shall see your face; when I awake, I shall be satisfied. (Ps. 17:15)
1Hear a just cause, O Lord; give heed | to my cry;
listen to my prayer, which does not come from | lying lips.
2Let my vindication come forth | from your presence;
let your eyes be | fixed on justice.
3Examine my heart, visit | me by night,
melt me down; you will find no impuri- | ty in me.
4I have not regarded what | others do;
at the word of your lips I have avoided the ways | of the violent. R
5My footsteps hold fast to your | well-worn path;
and my feet | do not slip.
6I call upon you, O God, for you will | answer me;
incline your ear to me and | hear my words.
7Show me your marvelous | lovingkindness,
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who | rise against them.
15But at my vindication I shall | see your face;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, behold- | ing your likeness. R
Second Reading: Romans 9:1-5
This begins a new section in Paul’s letter in which he will deal with the place of Israel in God’s saving plan. He opens by highlighting how Israel’s heritage and legacy include being God’s children, having God’s covenants, being given God’s law, participating in worship of God, and receiving divine promises.
1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit—2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
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