SUNDAY AUG, 3,2014
MATTHEW 14:13-21 Multiplication of fish and loaves
When Jesus heard of it, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. 14When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16[Jesus] said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” 17But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” 18Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” 19and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. 20They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over—twelve wicker baskets full. 21Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.
Jesus has withdrawn to an isolated place and yet the crowds have
followed him. Jesus takes pity on them and cures the sick. But the day
is long and it is time to eat. No doubt the disciples had stomach
growling and they approached Jesus to say it’s time to eat so let’s
send the people home to fill their own stomachs. What was Jesus’
response? He told the disciples that they should feed them. Being
practical disciples they have counted up how much food they have and
clearly five loaves and 2 fish is not enough for the large crowd. What
are they to do? Well, Jesus knows so he takes charge and has the crowd
seated and the food brought to him. He then blesses the food and gives
it back to the disciples to distribute. I think that is an important
concept. He is trying to get the disciples to feed the people. When
Jesus blesses us he always gives us more than even what we ask for. In
this case, those meager 5 loaves and two fish were more than enough
because there were left overs.
1. When you are hungry for anything, do you go to Jesus first?
2. Do you think of others around your or do you just hope they
take care of themselves?
3. Do you believe that Jesus can do anything?
4. Do you make an effort to you your part so Jesus can work His miracles?
5. Take some time to meditate on this Gospel. Put yourself into the scene. If you were a disciple, what would you do? If you were part of the crowd, how would you react as you realized how the food was multiplied? Now take time to think about what this story means to you today. Do you believe that Jesus can work miracles today?