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What Does It Mean To Be Good?

This really is the prophet who is come into the world
John 6:1-15

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Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:15


A certain bachelor told his mother that he finally had met the girl of his dreams. He desperately wanted to impress her, so he asked his mother for advice on the best approach. "Send her flowers," said mother, "and on the card invite her to your apartment for dinner." He followed his mother's advice and, a few days later, the girl of his dreams came to dinner. Later, the bachelor's mother asked him how things had gone. "I was totally humiliated," he said. "She insisted on washing the dishes." "What's wrong with that?" mother asked. "We hadn't started eating yet," he replied.

In today's Gospel Lesson, a crowd of more than five thousand persons followed Jesus as He climbed a hillside. The people had two things in common, 1) they had been "impressed by the signs He gave by curing the sick" and 2) "they hadn't started eating yet." And when Jesus saw the crowds approaching, He said to the Apostle Philip, "Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?" Then follows the familiar story of how Jesus managed to feed the entire crowd of thousands with only "five barley loaves and two fish" (Jn. 6:5,9).

One of the great American movie directors was the late John Huston, whose films included "The Maltese Falcon," "Moby Dick," "Annie," and the one he described as the toughest assignment of all, "The Bible." He said that he found the creation scene and the Noah's Ark flood scene especially difficult. "I had a terrible time doing them," he said. "I really don't know how God managed it."

We listen to the familiar "loaves and fishes" story in which Jesus feeds a hungry crowd of thousands and we wonder how He managed it. The answer, of course, is that He was, by the Grace of God, a miracle worker. This Jesus who can change water into wine, walk on water, cure a hopeless paralytic, restore sight to a man born blind, bring a dead man back to life, is a Miracle Man! Feed thousands of people with just a few loaves and [...]

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