In last week’s gospel we saw the events surrounding the feeding of the five thousand. What I think is interesting is that here in 2 Kings we see an earlier version of that event. Presidence had already been set by the time the gospel writers added the story we all know so well.
In Ephesians we read Paul’s prayer for the church that met in Ephesus. Isn’t this what we all desire? If only we took it to heart because God does want to bless us (and not in terms of money). We could be blessed with friends, a roof over our heads, clean water, a place to sleep at night…the list goes on and on.
This is the first time in quite a while where the gospel reading come from John. It is the feeding of the five thousand, which I made reference to in the Old Testament reading. Last week, we read around the miracle, this time we delve right into the midst of it. And like in the Ephesians text, God wants to care for us and take care of us, but in our rebellious nature we refuse that help. He has to break that pride and reduce us to nothing before we can even begin to accept the blessings God has in store for us.