May 29, 2016: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured.
As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”
He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.”
They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.”
Now the men there numbered about five thousand.
Then he said to his disciples,
“Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.”
They did so and made them all sit down.
Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
They all ate and were satisfied.
And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets. (Luke 9:11B-17)
Jesus was often surrounded by crowds always wanting something from Him. He wanted to teach them spiritually about the kingdom of God and to heal and cure the sick. When the Twelve pointed out the physical hunger of the people, Jesus challenged them to find a way to feed them. They offered the few loaves and fish they had. They offered Him all they had. He asked for their cooperation and He would do the rest. With Jesus’ blessing, there turned out to be more than enough.
God does not expect us to just wait around for a divine solution to life’s problems. We are to ask ourselves what resources we have and how they can be used to help a situation. God seeks our cooperation. Together we can accomplish great things.
Jesus is real food and real drink.