Thursday, October 3
In Grenoble, at the foot of the French Alps, the Reformed Church runs a grocery store for residents of poor neighborhoods. Once a week we need to get food for 400 people. Volunteers wonder every week how they are going to feed all these people. When we read together the story where Jesus fed more than 5,000 in the Gospel of Mark, the volunteers spontaneously identified themselves with the disciples. And that is understandable! Then, with a deeper reading of the text, the volunteers discovered that they were part of the crowd too! They realized that they also were in need, not of bread, but of relationships. They were not only volunteers coming to serve others but also “poor” people coming to seek friends with whom to share joys and sorrows.
Each week they prepared themselves to give, and now they realized that they were coming to receive as well! Through reading the Gospel, they understand they are not different from poor people who come looking for food. Like them, they are lacking many things. It is not a case of “them” and “us.” All are human beings in need of something, all waiting for a presence, all hungry—and all promised to be filled.
Mark’s story shows that Jesus brings together in one group those who thought they were different, the crowd and the disciples. In Grenoble, the miracle happened again.
—Rev. Didier Crouzet, general secretary, United Protestant Church of France
Let us join in prayer for:
United Protestant Church of France: Rev. Laurent Schlumberger, president, Rev Didier Crouzet, general secretary, (from July 1st) Rev Claire Sixt-Gateuille, secretary for international and ecumenical relations (from July 1st) • Reformed Church in Alsace-Lorraine: Rev.Christian Krieger, president of the synodal council • Church of the Augsburg Confession: Prof. Jean-Francois Collange, president • Protestant Federation of France: Rev Claude Baty (till September 30, then Rev François Clavairoly), president, Rev Yves Parrend, general secretary • Action Chretienne en Orient, Rev Thomas Wild, director • CIMADE (Committee Working Among the Displaced): Jean-Claude Mas, general secretary • Evangelical Community for Apostolic Action: Rev Celestin Kiki, general secretary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rebecca Rayner, PMA
Dreama Reams, PMA
Let us pray
Lord, you make no distinction between rich and poor, between those who give bread and those who receive it. You know that they all need you, your love, your presence. Thank you for reminding us that we are all your children. Amen.