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The Genesis reading for today is the well-known story of Jacob "striving with God and man" and receiving the blessing of God and his namesake Israel.  The Psalm is full of beautiful words that are the beginnings of our order of Individual Confession and Absolution of the old, green LBW and a well-known table grace...can you identify which verses those are?

The epistle serves as a reminder that the Christian tradition was born and grew to adolescence inside the Hebrew tradition, then that it is through the descendants of Abraham that God blesses the whole human family with the covenant of faith, the law, the prophets and ultimately Jesus.

The gospel is the feeding of the 5000 (more like 20,000!) Pr. Matthew offers a different reading on what might actually have taken place.