Scripture: John 6:1-15
Key verse: (7) Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”
Reflection: Growing up in New Orleans, my family loved a community gathering and could feed hundreds. Everything was an event. If we had family over, fried shrimp would be made for hours. Crawfish boils were for any special occasion in late spring and sometimes the occasion was that it was crawfish season. Bags and bags of oysters were shucked when my dad had out-of-town business guests. The more the merrier!
We didn’t know a crowd until Hurricane Katrina, when thousands had lost everything and gathered for whatever food was being offered. The need was overwhelming. Facing overwhelming need has become routine for us after fires, mudslides, flooding and a multitude of hurricanes. Whatever we have to offer seems so small in the face of the need. Yet, we see from this passage that what we have to offer given to Jesus becomes so much more.
The community gathering together in response is not enough. The two fish and five loaves in addition to anything else the crowd had stashed away were not enough. We occasionally interpret this passage to mean that if we pull together, we become the miracle. Even when we pull together more than enough, Jesus brings about the transformation. Jesus binds people together in a community, in love and hope.
Prayer: God, help us keep you at the center of everything. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].