Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Proper 13A (July 31–August 6)
Isaiah 55:1–5; Ps. 136:1-9, 23-26; Romans 9:1–5, 6–13; Matthew 14:13–21
Hymn of Invocation
Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord (LSB 497)
Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
Feed Thy children, God most holy (LSB 774)
Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Lord Jesus Christ, life-giving bread (LSB 625)
Hymn of Departure
Praise the Almighty, my soul, adore Him (LSB 797)
Christ Jesus, the Living Bread from Heaven, Feeds the Children of God.
By the Gospel of “the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever” (Rom. 9:5), we are “the children of God” (Rom. 9:8), “not because of works but because of His call” (Rom. 9:11). Therefore, “listen diligently,” and “hear, that your soul may live.” By His sacrificial death in His flesh and blood He has made “an everlasting covenant” for us. Since He now calls us to Himself, we come to Him “and eat what is good, and delight … in rich food” (Is. 55:2–3). He has come with divine compassion to save us from sin and death and to feed us with Himself. As our Lord Jesus once took bread, “said a blessing,” broke the loaves, “and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds” (Matt. 14:18–19), He also now takes bread, blesses it by His Word to be His very Body, and distributes it to His Church by the hand of His called and ordained servants. Just as “they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces,” there is more than enough for His whole Church to eat and to be satisfied (Matt. 14:20).
Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch
The Lord’s Long Supper: The Feeding of the 5000 as Exodus Recapitulated and Eucharist Anticipated - Chad Bird
Pastors Roundtable: Matthew 14:13-21, “Jesus Feeds the 5,000” - Issues Etc.
Pastor Jonathan Ferguson of Peace Lutheran, St. Louis, Mo, and Pastor Ralph Patrick of Peace with Christ Lutheran, Fort Collins, Colo., discuss the Gospel Lesson with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 54:17, 21.8 MB, 2011-Jul-28)
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Ninth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 53:21, 48.8 MB, 2017-Aug-04)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 13 - Series A - Matthew 14:13–21 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.
13 ⸂Ἀκούσας δὲ⸃ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἀνεχώρησεν ἐκεῖθεν ἐν πλοίῳ εἰς ἔρημον τόπον κατʼ ἰδίαν· καὶ ἀκούσαντες οἱ ὄχλοι ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ πεζῇ ἀπὸ τῶν πόλεων.
14 καὶ ⸀ἐξελθὼν εἶδεν πολὺν ὄχλον, καὶ ἐσπλαγχνίσθη ἐπʼ αὐτοῖς καὶ ἐθεράπευσεν τοὺς ἀρρώστους αὐτῶν.
15 ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης προσῆλθον αὐτῷ οἱ ⸀μαθηταὶ λέγοντες· Ἔρημός ἐστιν ὁ τόπος καὶ ἡ ὥρα ἤδη παρῆλθεν· ἀπόλυσον τοὺς ὄχλους, ἵνα ἀπελθόντες εἰς τὰς κώμας ἀγοράσωσιν ἑαυτοῖς βρώματα.
16 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Οὐ χρείαν ἔχουσιν ἀπελθεῖν· δότε αὐτοῖς ὑμεῖς φαγεῖν.
17 οἱ δὲ λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· Οὐκ ἔχομεν ὧδε εἰ μὴ πέντε ἄρτους καὶ δύο ἰχθύας.
18 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Φέρετέ μοι ⸂ὧδε αὐτούς⸃.
19 καὶ κελεύσας τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνακλιθῆναι ἐπὶ ⸂τοῦ χόρτου⸃, λαβὼν τοὺς πέντε ἄρτους καὶ τοὺς δύο ἰχθύας, ἀναβλέψας εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν εὐλόγησεν καὶ κλάσας ἔδωκεν τοῖς μαθηταῖς τοὺς ἄρτους οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ τοῖς ὄχλοις.
20 καὶ ἔφαγον πάντες καὶ ἐχορτάσθησαν, καὶ ἦραν τὸ περισσεῦον τῶν κλασμάτων δώδεκα κοφίνους πλήρεις.
21 οἱ δὲ ἐσθίοντες ἦσαν ἄνδρες ὡσεὶ πεντακισχίλιοι χωρὶς γυναικῶν καὶ παιδίων.
(13) And having heard, Jesus withdrew privately from there in a boat, into a deserted place. And hearing, the crowds followed Him on foot out of the cities.
(14) And going out, Jesus saw a great crowd and was filled with pity toward them. And He healed their infirm ones.
(15) And evening coming, His disciples came near to Him saying, The place is deserted, and the hour is already gone by. Dismiss the crowds, that going away into the villages they may buy provisions for themselves.
(16) But Jesus said to them, They have no need to go away. You give them food to eat.
(17) But they said to Him, We have nothing here except five loaves and two fish.
(18) And He said, Bring them here to Me.
(19) And commanding the crowds to recline on the grass, and taking the five loaves and two fish, looking up to Heaven, He blessed. And breaking, He gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the crowds.
(20) And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up the left over pieces, twelve hand-baskets full.
(21) And the ones eating were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.