Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Worship to Go July 29, 2018
Lord, you are the Bread of Life who multiplies the gifts we offer at Your table. Help us to share freely Your friendship and love. Amen.
6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
The miracle of Jesus feeding five thousand people with some loaves and fishes from a boy’s basket is the only miracle that we find included in all four Gospels. Why is this particular miracle so important?
We know that Jesus is the “Bread of Life.” Here, when faced with the hunger of a huge crowd of people, he chose to feed them not by creating food from nothing, but by taking the gift of a small boy and multiplying it. In the end, the boy’s five loaves and two fish fed everyone with several baskets left over.
Sometimes it’s hard to see what one small action can accomplish. One small act of love or charity can be forgotten or lost. We feel overwhelmed by how much work there is to be done in the world, how many people live in deep need. But, in much the same way that Jesus multiplied the bread and fish, He increases our gifts of love and compassion.
Following Jesus requires us to trust in Him and Believe in Him as the Bread of Life. How can we share our gifts with our community to follow the example Jesus sets?
Lord, help us to share the gift of Your love with those that we meet. Help us trust in You, who multiplied the loaves and fish, that all who follow You will find the Bread of Life. Amen.