Sermon – “Longing for Food, Longing for Life”
The lectionary brings us this week to the gate of a rich man where we find another man named Lazarus (whose name means “God has helped”). In the New Revised Standard Version, the translation reads that Lazarus “longed to satisfy his hunger” from the leftovers at the rich man’s table. Luke uses this same Greek phrase to describe the hunger of the prodigal son in Luke 15:16, and both phrases and contexts suggest Jesus is certainly talking about real physical hunger, but something else as well. What is it that all of us, even those of us who are well fed, “long to satisfy” in our daily lives – be it emotionally, spiritually, physically, etc? What kind of life does God want us to engage and embrace, both as individuals and in our common life together? Why is the sharing and consumption of food such an important way of enacting and celebrating God’s presence?
First Timothy 6:6-19