Jesus feeds the four thousand – seven loaves and a few fish feed thousands of people (Matthew 15:29 – 15:39).

Jesus left the area of Tyre and Sidon and travelled along the Sea of Galilee. He went up a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds had followed him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, and many others, and laid them at his feet and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. They praised the God of Israel. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people. They have already been with me for three days and have had nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry or they may collapse on their way home.” His disciples answered, “Where could we get

True defilement – it’s not what goes into the mouth that matters, but what comes out (Matthew 14:34 – 15:20).

After the miracle of walking across the water, Jesus crossed over with the disciples and landed at Gennesaret. When people recognized him, word spread throughout the surrounding country. People brought all of their sick to Jesus and begged him to let them merely touch the edge of his cloak. When the did, they were healed. Some Pharisees came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? Why don’t they wash their hands before they eat?” Jesus replied, “Why do you break the commands of God for the sake of your tradition? God said, Honor your father and mother and anyone who curses their father or mother should be put to death. But you say that if anyone declares that if

Mosque serves breakfast for hundreds of Philly police in show of gratitude and respect

I’ve written before about the potentially divisive message in the religion of Islam and the need for the Muslim community to step up their game and take the initiative to promote peace and goodwill in their communities. Yesterday, a Philadelphia mosque did just that. At 6:00 AM, the Muslim American Society in North Philadelphia cooked scrambled eggs, French toast, turkey bacon, and grits and served to almost 1,000 Philadelphia police officers before they began their workday. About twenty volunteers with the mosque organized the event to express their gratitude and respect for Philadelphia police officers. Ozzy Khalil told reporters: ‘We want to let officers know that we do appreciate what they do, and that's why we're doing this today. With what's going on in the world, in

Jesus teaches his followers how to fast (Matthew 6:16 – 6:18)

Jesus told his followers, “When you fast, do not look gloomy as the hypocrites do, for they twist their faces to show others that they are fasting and uncomfortable. Truly I tell you, they have already received their reward in full.” Jesus instructed his followers to put oil on their heads and wash their faces so that it will not be apparent to others that you are fasting. Only God needs to know that you are fasting and he sees everything you do and will reward you accordingly. What the story means to us today The intent of our actions should be to glorify God, not others In Jesus’ day, fasting emphasized denial of the needs of the body – a means to curb the desires of the human

Esau gives up his birthright to Jacob (Genesis 25:27 – 25:34)

Jacob and Esau have become grown men. Esau is a very good hunter, a wild sort of man, who loves the outdoors. Jacob on the other hand, is more civilized and mature, preferring to stay within the home. Their father, Isaac, loved the taste of wild game and as a result, grew close to Esau. Similarly, Rebekah became closer to Jacob creating a family dynamic similar to many modern-day families with each parent gravitating towards one of the children (but of course, still loving all). Jacob was cooking lentil stew when Esau arrived at the home. Esau was very hungry and asked Jacob for some of the stew. Without missing a beat, Jacob made Esau an offer. Esau would receive the stew he so desired in