Sunday’s Scripture ~ John 6:1-14.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We know this statement as The Golden Rule. It is based upon the words of Jesus found in both the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7 and the Sermon on the Plain in Luke 6.
In studying Scripture I frequently employ the practice of lectio divina, which is a sacred listening to the text. A lectio divina practice includes:
- Reading a Scripture passage.
- Pausing in silence (one to three minutes).
- Rereading the same Scripture passage, listening for any word or phrase that lingers with you after the second reading.
- Journaling on why you think that word or phrase lingers with you.
- Closing in prayer.
After completing lectio divinaon the passages that give us The Golden Rule, I am caught by the word do. Such a small word. Such a short word.
Such a powerful word.
Act. Create. Execute. Initiate. Move. Produce. Serve.
Jesus does not call us to wait for someone else to do. Jesus calls us to do, and not just once, but consistently.
In our Scripture passage for this week, the little child did in offering his small lunch to Jesus. His gift became the catalyst that fed the multitude. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, doubted asking, “But what are [five barley loaves and two fish] among so many people” (Jn 6:9)? It appears Andrew sought a bigger solution – a bigger repository – from which to produce a meal. And here is this child – what he could, he gave – what he could, he did.
And there was not just enough. There was more than enough. This is the abundance of the Kingdom of God. This is the abundance that Jesus welcomes us to create with him when we become doers with heads, hearts, and hands united in serving others.
Join us this Sunday as we commission the school supplies collected for A Gift for Teaching that will help students and teachers in Seminole County have a successful 2018-2019 school year. We will also gather for a special time of prayer and blessing for the students, families, and teachers in our church family. See you in worship!
Prayer: “Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices; who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.”* Amen.
*”Now Thank We All Our God,” The United Methodist Hymnal 102.