November 6, 2015
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children
In the Old testament God provided food to the Israelites by giving mana and doves. Jesus offers to the hungry masses bread and fish. But it isn’t that he fed them, but how he fed them. Being in a wilderness in a place that is empty and devoid of sources of nutrition, Jesus invites all to sit down in the grass. Because he had been teaching and healing all day the people felt they were at a special meal. A place were there just wasn’t anything. Jesus and his disciples were compassionate to all of the people, feeding them until they were full. How do we know how much food was available by the scraps as we do in any large feeding. How much trash is left usually tells us how well the food was received. These people felt the compassion of Jesus and the disciples and were unafraid if they would be hungry but because of this special time and place felt filled with that same compassion as they shared the food among themselves. As we go out into our lives today where can we show that compassion that Jesus felt? Maybe we to can feed hungry people, or nourish some souls.