In Matthew 14:13-21, when Jesus feeds the 5000 men (not counting women and children), Jesus is revealing much about the character God. God is a God of compassion, a God who suffers with humans and is moved to action by suffering. This not the “unmoved mover” of the Greek and Roman philosophers or one of the gods depicted in Greek and Roman mythology who view humanity as being there for their own use and amusement. God is not a dispassionate observer of human affairs. God is moved to act (Jewish scholar Abraham Heschel refers to God as “the most moved mover”). Often that action is through human agency, no matter how modest or grudgingly offered. God calls one to live compassionately and empowers one to feed others as everyone have been so graciously fed.
St. Paul’s News and Notes: St. Paul’s Quilters are in need of blankets and bed pads to use as middles for their quilts. Shopping for school supplies? A great opportunity to pick up items for LWR School kits. Lists of needed items are available.