He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.
Matthew 15: 35 – 36
This story of the feeding of the crowds, is one of the Bible passages which was taught to all of us as children. It’s a wonderful, generous miracle on Jesus’ part. He feeds all those who have been listening to him teach, who have come to him for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Sometimes, though, we don’t look any further into what this could mean for us. When Jesus had given thanks for the food, he broke it and shared it out. It was barely a meal for one person – the ‘loaves’ might have been more like buns! But rather than keeping it, he passed it to the disciples, and they divided it further and passed it out to everyone else, and it was enough.
We spend a lot of our lives afraid that we might not have enough, clutching to keep things for ourselves, but Jesus shows us a different way here. He has blessed us with enough and overflowing; he has handed out food, shelter, work, family, life and Creation, to us and for us. Here he shows us a different way to live, where we set aside fear and give openly to others. He asks us to trust that there will be enough for everyone.
Prayer: Jesus, you showed us another way of life, one of generosity and courage, where we trust in your provision and give to those who need. Free us from our fear, we pray. Help us to see where we can give of our resources and ourselves to help those around us. Amen
Action: look at the resources you have, whether financial or personal. Think about how you can use them to help others.