For the next several weeks, the Gospel reading is from the Sixth Chapter of the Gospel according to John. Today's readings can be found on The Lectionary Page. For John, the Feeding of the 5000 is the Eucharist, since he does not include an account of the Last Supper. In Feeding the 5000, Jesus takes Bread, Offers Thanks, Breaks the Bread, and Feeds the People.
In reflecting on the Sixth Chapter of John, I was struck by several things written by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, in his recent book Being Christian. I have developed a practice which mirrors that of Bishop Rowan, and many through the centuries, and reflect on the meaning of receiving the Body of Christ and how it connects me to all that is happening in the world, in time and space. Since Jesus is the Word made flesh to connect all humanity to God, we are all connected as we receive the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood.
In reflecting on the meaning connectedness, I chose the Five Marks of Mission as a way to connect the Sacrament with our mission in the world. The Five Marks of Mission were developed as an indicator of how the Church (or Churches) are doing in fulfilling our mission between the church and the world in which we live.
Here are the reflections for today's readings.
The Rev'd Br. Paul Colbert, CoS has served as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity, Madera since 2009. He is a monk in the Community of Solitude, a dispersed ecumenical community the spirit of St Benedict and St Romuald.