A Note on Today’s Readings | Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Year B
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The teaching of Jesus which caused the greatest offense to his disciples was his discourse on himself as the bread of life. When he extended that beyond a spiritual feeding to a sacramental feeding, “My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed,” many of his followers left him. The inner group, “the Twelve,” were also disturbed, but through Peter, they reaffirmed their faith.
Today we also conclude our reading of the story of David. The one goal David did not achieve was to build a temple forGod in Jerusalem. David’s son, Solomon, did build the temple and today we hear Solomon’s prayer of dedication. He prays that it will be a sign of God to all people, the place where God dwells among the human race.
We complete our reading of the Epistle to the Ephesians today. Paul calls on us to find our strength in God to stand up against the powers that oppose God’s will and plan. Weare to live in that strength and to persevere in prayer for all people.
We are called to be a people who belong to Christ. This call is often in direct conflict with our own wishes, habits, or opinions. We gather in liturgy as more than passive hearers and observers. We gather to enter into an encounter withGod in Christ, which will remake us as people of Gods kingdom.