Yesterday’s bible readings at mass covered the popular story of the five loaves and two fishes that ended up feeding thousands, as well as a similar story in 2 Kings about twenty barley loaves feeding a hundred.
“A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God, twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits, and fresh grain in the ear. Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.” But his servant objected, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.” “For thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’” And when they had eaten, there was some left over, as the LORD had said.” – 2 Kings 4:42-44
“One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loavesthat had been more than they could eat…” – John 6:8-13
It’s so amazing to think that this small amount of food could feed the people more than enough!
God reminds us that He alone provides for all our needs. He nourishes us and blesses us more than we can imagine.
What are some daily blessings that you see in your life, from God? How does He “feed” your soul?
Our priest also reminded us that though these stories talk about God giving us enough to sustain us, blessing us, it also suggests what we need to do on our part. We accept His blessings, yes, but we also need to think about how we can share in His blessings. What can we offer?
It’s like a give and take. The blessings we receive need to go out and be shared as offerings to God, to help out His people. There’s always more than you think that can be shared!
Lord, thank You for giving me enough. You provide for all that I need and more. Please help me to see opportunities around me to share Your blessings with others. Help me to give out some of what You gave me, in the hopes that other people may see Your goodness and be nourished as well. Amen.