Scripture: Mark 6:30-46
Key verses: (35-37) 35 When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; 36 send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.”
Reflection: Jesus had been teaching many things to the crowd and it had become late in the day. Since it was a desolate place, the disciples ask Jesus to send the crowds away so they could go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat. This makes sense. Without anything around, what else were they to do? The disciples were concerned with the crowd that had grown to 5,000.
The disciples were waiting for Jesus to do something. They had seen him cast out demons, heal the sick and even calm a storm. I am sure they expected Jesus to say, “I will give them something to eat.” That is not what he said. He said, “You give them something to eat.”
This is bigger than the disciples. This is about you and me. For reasons beyond our understanding, God chooses us to do something. God chooses us to offer compassion and kindness. God has decided to give us a role to play, not because he needs us, but because he has decided to do it that way.
Prayer: GIVE us grateful hearts, Almighty God, for your call to join in ministry. Keep us always mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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].