Scripture: Mark 8:1-10
Key verses: (1-8) In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2 “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.” 4 His disciples replied, “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?” 5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. 7 They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8 They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
Reflection: No tortilla’s, pita’s, hamburger rolls and not even the gluten free bread! NOTHING! Last night, there were barely crumbs on the shelves at Harris Teeter when I stopped by after being at the church. Our plan was for grilled cheese (or grilled peanut butter for me- I don’t eat Cheese!). Pasta it shall be because we are definitely not without food. We are without what we planned. Most of us are not hungry. If we dug into our pantry we would have enough to share with our neighbors.
I wonder if that was the miracle. Seven loaves were shared. Then the baskets were passed and people put in a little bit extra that they had. They shared. That is the miracle. Jesus invites us to love our neighbor and when we do, there is abundance. There is love and abundance.
One more thing from this text. Jesus doesn’t often share his feelings but here we see that he has compassion on the crowd. They have been with him for three days and they are hungry. They are his people and he feels compassion for them. Just because there is no bread at Harris Teeter doesn’t mean that we are hungry. It also doesn’t mean that we are NOT hungry. What are you hungry for? Know that Jesus has compassion for you today and always.
Prayer: God, may I trust love when it stares back at me, bringing light into a dark moment. Take away my anger at being unplanned and unscheduled. Help me to take a breath and just stop and feel. Feel and receive love when and where it is offered today. Guide me in my loving and sharing. I know I am able to love because you first loved me. 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].