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Lectionary 17 / Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 12
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Susan E. Hylen
In 2 Kings 4, Elisha performs a series of miracles. The last, verses 42-44, involves a provision of food from seemingly small resources. Elisha's actions here echo those of Elijah, who provided meal and oil to the widow of Zarephath according to the word of the Lord (1 Kgs. 17:8-16). Both prophets display the power of God for the sake of those in need.Central to this miracle is the prophet's...  Read more...

Karoline M. Lewis
It is not hard to recognize the reason for the choice of today's text from 2 Kings in light of the Gospel reading from John. The Old Testament lesson narrates Elisha's miraculous feeding of one hundred men. The first part of today's Gospel is John's version of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Given this obvious connection between the texts, it may seem strange to focus only on Elisha, yet this...  Read more...

Adele Stiles Resmer
At the beginning of this section of Pentecost, the texts are about the power of God revealed in abundance: abundance of food, where there appears to be too little (2 Kings 4 and John 6), and an abundance of God's own presence, first revealed in the healing and feeding miracles of Elisha and then in the presence of Jesus walking on the water, saying, "Do not be afraid; it is I [better put, 'I...  Read more...

Gail Ramshaw
Elisha was remembered as a miracle worker, and his feeding the crowd with twenty barley loaves is one of the stories in Jewish memory that stands behind the Gospels' feeding narratives. The great prophets of God were able to feed the people miraculously, "according to the word of the Lord" (v. 44). With God's help, Elisha supplied the people's need, and so first-century Jews also expected the...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
The sign of the miracle of the feeding has been narrated, and now the evangelist discourses on its meaning. John relies on two central images from the Old Testament for this explication of Christology. (1) The Son of...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
In this second of the Sundays during which we hear John 6, the focus can be on the metaphor of manna. "What is it?"—life from God....  Read more...


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