Five thousand have seen wondrous deeds. Earlier, the crowd saw Jesus cure a man who had been ill for a long time. Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be well?” and then told him to get up and walk. Many followed Jesus and eventually had to be fed; we know the rest. Now that the great meal was finished, the crowd continued the next day to look for Jesus. They found him, and the lesson began.
Let’s think about food. Jesus tells the crowd that they continue to look for him because they ate bread and were filled but instructs them to look for food that endures. We have the advantage of knowing what was to come: the Last Supper and death and resurrection – the culmination of Jesus’ life. In him we receive in full measure God’s life force and creation.
We are expected and obligated to give life to others. The feeding of five thousand is a response to the moment of people in need and a symbolic gesture we make real in our lives by giving and sharing the wealth of this earth. And more.
Jesus dined with various people and shared his Godliness to bring everyone to the table for food. There are many faces: folks standing in lines for want of food; those sitting at a table with friends and family; the impoverished waiting to be fed; those scraping the dirt looking for something to eat; those who plow mega fields to feed the world; those who enter churches looking for sustenance; and those who walk down the aisle with others waiting to receive.
We do not walk alone.
Five thousand times, seven have not been fed. The crowd gathers, but no one there to greet them, not even a portal to an open door. Dear Lord, may I be your porter to open unseen doors and show the way to the table.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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