Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity at
Luther Memorial Chapel, Shorewood, Wisconsin
Genesis 2:7-17; Rom. 6:19-23; St. Mark 8:1-9
Rev. Ben Hertel
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
To you all who are beloved of God in Shorewood, called as saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Who speaks to you all today, saying,
“I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.”
How fortunate for those people back then! How wonderful a miracle to behold, having had nothing to eat for three days, then to be fed by only 7 loaves of bread and a few fish. What I wouldn’t give to not have to pay my own grocery bill each week. I would give much more in order that God would enact this miracle today, in front of me.
Yet, everyone continues to try and convince me that there are miracles every day. That I just have to look hard enough, and I too, can experience the miraculous power of God, just like those 4000 did on a hill in Galilee.
However the miracles they bring to my attention are everyday things that happen to everyone else, as well. To be sure, it is a great miracle that God looks after me and daily and richly supplies me with all that I need to support this body and life, but what about my enemy? What about God’s enemies? Why are they also well fed and cared for?
The curse of the Law is written on more than just your hearts. It is etched into your bones and scratched into all of creation. You get hungry. You starve unless you don’t eat. This is a law as well. You must eat to survive.
Jesus could have done a lot better with this miracle. He could have made it ongoing. Each generation could be fed with the amount of food produced by this miracle. Starving children in China would be a thing of the past. World hunger would finally be eradicated and UNICEF be put out of business.