Spiritual Reflections of Fr John Brian

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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Spiritual Significance of Feeding the Four Thousand


The Spiritual Significance of Feeding the Four Thousand

This week, in the Gospel of Matthew, at the end of Chapter 15 is the story of Christ's compassion in feeding four thousand followers.

Fr John-Brian gives a homiletic sermon on the unique points of this story. Most scholars believe this is a different incident from the feeding of five thousand.

The question arises in spiritual development, if we have been following Christ, what do we do when we find that we are with Him in a desolate place for three days? What about those who have been following Him with us?

The answer comes in a powerful message of faith, thanksgiving and charitible love. Jesus said Matthew 15:32 "I have compassion for this people."

This sermon lesson uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, July 24, 2011 by Fr. John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission
Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7.

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