Trinity 9 (29th July 2018) 2 Kings 4, 42-44; Ephesians 3, 14-21; John 6, 1-21 (Preached in St. Paul’s Athens)
Revd. Canon Leonard Doolan, Senior Chaplain, Greece.
When a priest asks an elderly man why he comes into church for a time each day, the elderly man says, ‘Sometimes I sit and pray. Sometimes I just sit. ’Sometimes I sit and pray. Sometimes I just sit.’
The three readings set for our liturgy today have a common theme, namely the abundance of God. God is the great and generous provider, offering to humanity more than we could ever ask or deserve.
A hymn so wonderfully says, Finest bread I will provide, till their hearts are satisfied.
In the first reading Elisha is faced with a dilemma. How can he feed a hundred people with insufficient grain to make the bread? God says,’ Let them eat. They shall eat and have some left.’
God is indeed a God of bounty and of endless generosity.