“Five Loaves of Bread and Two Fish”
Have you ever seen a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat? (yes, I saw him at our school; yes, he was dressed in a tuxedo; on TV, I saw one) It’s amazing! I love watching magicians. I can never see how they do that stuff: making things disappear and appear again. Knowing which card you were thinking of in your head. How do they do it? I do not know.
Well, this story about Jesus we read makes it sound a lot like Jesus was a magician. He had five loaves of bread and two fish and fed a bunch of people. How many people? Was it six? I think five loaves of bread could easily feed six people. Maybe eight people? That’s about right five loaves of bread and two fish could even feed eight people. All eight would be satisfied. But John wrote in his Gospel story of Jesus that Jesus fed 5,000 people. Can you believe that, 5,000 people were fed with five loaves of bread and two fish?
How did Jesus do that, feed 5,000 people with only enough food for a good family picnic? He was Jesus, the Son of God. He could do stuff like that. But Jesus was not a magician. Jesus is the Son of God and can do miracles. This was a miracle. He was able to take five loaves of bread and two fish and feed everyone there, that is, 5,000 people, and also have twelve baskets of leftovers, when everybody was full of food. Jesus took the loaves of bread, gave thanks to the God the Father, and gave them to those who were there – did I say 5,000 people already!? Now, that’s a miracle!
Jesus feeds people today who are hungry. Jesus feeds people through our church by helping people buy food and by welcoming people to come eat with us when we have meals in church. Jesus feeds us here spiritually at the communion table. Jesus makes us stronger in our faith on the inside by our remembering who he is and what he has done out of love for the world and us. When we eat the bread at the table of our Lord, Jesus makes us more loving in our hearts for all people as he was more loving. Jesus also gives us a greater hope for Jesus’ coming back to set up his kingdom on earth. Right now today we can share our bread and fish with people who are hungry, as Jesus did.
Let us pray: Father God, we know you love us because you sent Jesus to earth to tell us and because you put in our hearts your Holy Spirit. We love you, too, in the name of Jesus. Amen.