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Take My Hand

Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take Him by force and make Him king, escaped back to the hills by himself

II Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15

Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:15

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus satisfies the hunger of five thousand people with only a few loaves of bread and two fish. And after the people had eaten their fill there was enough food left over to fill twelve baskets. John tells us that "the people seeing the sign that He had given, said, 'This really is the Prophet who is to come into the world.'" Jesus then perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, and He withdrew from the crowd and went up into the mountain by Himself.

This really was the Prophet whom the people had been longing for. However, He came not to do what they expected of Him; Jesus came to do what God expected of Him.

These lines have been adapted from a poem by a Mexican mystic:
Alone we are only a spark,
but in the Spirit of Love we are a fire.
Alone we are only a string,
but in the Spirit of Love we are a lyre.
Alone we are only an anthill,
but in the Spirit of Love we are a mountain.
Alone we are only a drop,
but in the Spirit of Love we are a fountain.
Alone we are only a feather,
but in the Spirit of Love we are wings.
Alone we are only a beggar,
but in the Spirit of Love we are a king. -1

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