When Martin Luther wrote, "I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer," I don't imagine that he meant to squeeze another three hours of work and relationships into the hours that remained.
Season after Pentecost | 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; (Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:9-14;) Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58
In our Gospel text, some of Jesus’ disciples find his teaching hard. Eating his body? Drinking his blood? I didn’t sign up for this. Couldn’t I just pray for you?
If Solomon were an older and more experienced ruler when God appears to him in his dream, I wonder if he would ask for wisdom. And would he ask for wisdom if he were not already wealthy and powerful?
The lectionary has focused our attention on bread for a very long time. One might think that five barley loaves transformed into a feast plus baskets full of leftovers would be news enough, but Jesus goes on to talk about the bread for another 36 verses. He would be a dream interview for today's 24-hour news shows, with their incessant need for commentary on the latest attention-grabbing headline.
by Audrey WestAugust 13, 2012