Scripture: Matt 15: 29-39
Key verses: (32-37) Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” 33 The disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?” 34 Jesus asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35 Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36 he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37 And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
Reflection: Jesus met the broken where they were, meeting their needs. He provided more than enough for this crowd of four thousand, having compassion for them. These are the pieces of this scripture that stand out for me today, as I work alongside youth and adults on a mission trip in Chicago.
Yesterday, we fed less than four thousand but they were people who were hungry. We stepped out of our comfort zone and are becoming more and more aware of some deep need. We begin today serving a meal for families and we will draw on the compassion of Christ. Some people say that Christ did not come to meet our needs, but people who say that often have their basic needs met. In this miracle story, Christ saw the hunger of the people and had compassion. May we have compassion for those who are hungry and join Christ in meeting some of the most basic needs of our neighbors. You don’t have to go on a mission trip to join in this work. Find a way to reach out today with compassion to those who are hungry.
Prayer: God of love, be with those that are broken and hurting. Guide me with compassion to see the depth of need around me and to reach out beyond myself. 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].