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?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother,spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
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). 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.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten8230;.
“As I have loved you, love one another….” (John 13:34,35) How do we love like Jesus? Let’s keep looking at those who have tried.
The wee boy said ‘you can have my packed lunch’ and the grown ups smiled at his kindness and his naivety. What difference was that going to make among so many people? The answer in Jesus’ hands, was all the difference!
help me love enough to want to share:
giving what I can,
where I can
knowing that even the tiniest raindrop
plays its part in filling the greatest ocean.
Help me to love generously
Just as you did
And do even now.
Because that’s the kind of love you love me with
and those I love,
as well as those I don’t
and don’t know.
written by Susan Brown