Sunday 25th July 2021
9th Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

(Alternatives: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145: 10-19)

A significant theme in today’s readings is the power and provision of God; whether through the feeding of a crowd in the Gospels or the celebration language of the Psalmist, we are reminded that all that we have comes from Him. This provides a backdrop for the disturbing story of David, who abuses the power that God has given him, not only in seducing Bathsheba, but then plotting against her husband so as to conceal his wrongdoing.

Through the world of business and enterprise, much is provided for us; those whose wealth and success blinds them to their dependence on God, and responsibility to Him can rightly be described as foolish. So these readings serve as a reminder to us of the importance of fulfilling any role that we have in life we a sense of true recognition of Divine authority.

A congregation might reflect on where that does not happen within our corporate world, and some of the consequences that have resulted. This might cause us to pray for all those who have power and influence, that they might act wisely, respect others and not abuse what they have. Each of us might also consider what influence and responsibility we have over others in the world of work, and how we use it. Paul also reminds us that in a world where so much is measured in economic terms, God has given us something of infinitely greater worth an magnitude - the immeasurable love of Christ