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JESUS FEEDING FIVE THOUSAND AND FOUR THOUSAND

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  • MONSY JACOB
    JESUS FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND AND FOUR THOUSAND á We repeatedly have the gospel reading of the feeding miracle.á We know that it was in the wilderness.á
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 16, 2013
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      JESUS FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND AND FOUR THOUSAND

      We repeatedly have the gospel reading of the feeding miracle.� We know that it was in the wilderness.� We also know that the five loaves miracle was with Jews and the four was with the gentiles and was a later incident.� Why the number five and why the number seven
      and as a later incident?

      In the wilderness Jesus was providing the food for the journey (every Sunday we hear the word vazhy-aharam).� In 1st Samuel 21 we find David asking for the food for the journey.� Now therefore, what have you on hand?
      Give�me�five�loaves of�bread in my hand. �David was running away from his enemy to preserve his life.�And the priest answered David and said, There is�no common bread on hand; but there is holy bread.� Was not
      our Lord multiplying the five loaves as the food for the journey?� Jesus says that He is the bread of life that came down from the presence of His Father.� David asked for the five.�Ahimalech the priest of Nob says the bread was in the presence of God.
      After this incident Jesus multiplies the seven and distributes it
      among the gentiles. The fullness number seven is distributed for all bringing all within the communion and sacraments.
      Again, we find David asking for a weapon.� Ahimalech had it right behind his ephod. So the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah,
      there it is,�wrapped in a cloth
      behind the ephod. If you will take that, take�it.�For�there
      is�no other except that one here. And David said, There is�none
      like it; give it to me.� This is not the sword to kill the servant of the high priest.� This is the sword that beheaded the one who trivialized God Almighty.� For the word of God�is�living
      and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart� Heb 4 :12.
      Hence, we proclaim sthothra kasa-yil ninnum swojathiyarum
      vijathiyarum panam cheyyu kayum� and lament
      satya vachanathe sariyayi padippikkunna edayanmare athil ezhunnelpikkaname.

      Dn. Monsy M. Jacob
    • Mathai P.E.
      Dear Group Members, Biblical interpreters and preachers have discussed this portion of the Bible many times and shared their school of thoughts to convince the
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 18, 2013
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        Dear Group Members,

        Biblical interpreters and preachers have discussed this portion of the Bible many times and shared their school of thoughts to convince the greatness of Christ. To my mind more than a miracle I see it as a message given by  Christ to his disciples  and his followers to take care of the people around them.  

        Our church is conveniently forgetting this message. Our Parishes are very active on Sundays. Priests are very active to conduct the 'Koodass'  for the Parishioners. Whether we are going beyond that ? Here is the relevance of  the message given by Christ through this portion of the Bible.

        We have a number  members in our church who are not getting proper education due to the non availability of  guidance and support including financial support. There are people around us who are not getting sufficient  medical care. There are people around us who are not having a dwelling place. There  are families around us who are suffering since the male members are drug addicts or alcoholic.

        Are we not silent on these issues for the last few decades ?.

        Yes our focus was different. We have to change. The church should take the initiative. There are workable models introduced by other churches with the participation of members only in the form of NGOs.It can be Parish specific, diocese specific or Church specific. In my banking career I have come across many such successful NGOs run by different churches through out India.

        Let us  spread the message conveyed by Christ through this portion of Bible that 'take care of the people around us'. 

        P.E.Mathai
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