Lent daybook, 27: They ate as much as they wanted

A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. (You can see previous Lent daybook 2017 posts here)

 An aid worker distributes bread and supplies to migrants at a transition camp September 7, 2015 in Magyarkanizsa, Serbia.  ( source )

An aid worker distributes bread and supplies to migrants at a transition camp September 7, 2015 in Magyarkanizsa, Serbia.  (source)


Song for today: Deliverance by Strahan

Listen to all of the Lent Daybook 2017 songs at this playlist on Spotify:  Lent 2017


When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do.

Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.”

One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.”

Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” There was a nice carpet of green grass in this place. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish. All ate as much as they wanted.

When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” They went to work and filled twelve large baskets with leftovers from the five barley loaves.

The people realized that God was at work among them in what Jesus had just done. They said, “This is the Prophet for sure, God’s Prophet right here in Galilee!” Jesus saw that in their enthusiasm, they were about to grab him and make him king, so he slipped off and went back up the mountain to be by himself.

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Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.

For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted. For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
— John 6:1-15 (MSG) * Psalm 89:14-18 (ESV)

Prayer for today:

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer (Collect for the fourth Sunday in Lent)

Spiritual practice for today:

Today -- or this week -- fast from all social media. Instead, spend the time listening through Part 2 of Handel's Messiah (the "Easter" part)


(see all Lent daybook posts from 2016 here)