Abundance, Year B, Proper 12

Year B, Proper 12

2 Samuel 11:1-15 and Psalm 14 

2 Kings 4:42-44 and Psalm 145:10-18  •  Ephesians 3:14-21  •  John 6:1-21      DSC_0150

The first set of lectionary texts continues the theme of leadership, but it is leadership gone awry.

The second set gives us imagery of being fed and feeding, spiritually and literally.

  • 2 Samuel 11 – the story of David and his seduction of Bathsheba; the death of her husband, Uriah, through David’s orders
  • Psalm 14 – In echo of David’s straying from the ways of God, the psalm speaks of those who have strayed from God and their terror. It ends with hope for deliverance from evil.
  • 2 Kings – First fruits are brought to Elijah as offering to God and Elijah uses them to feed the people.
  • Psalm 145 – A song of praise to God and God’s abundance, “The LORD upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
  • Ephesians 3 – The writer prays for the congregation that they will be “strengthened in their inner being.” A metaphor for this could be fed spiritually. So you will have “power through [Christ’s] Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.”
  • John 6 – Jesus’ through the power of God miraculously feeds the 5000 with five barley loaves and two fish.

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