John Day 10: Loaves and Fish

Provision by Cheryl White “At the center, the larger than life figure shows Christ holding up the 5 loaves and 2 fish before feeding the thousands of people who had come to hear His teaching. There are 12 disciples each holding up baskets of food that were still left after everyone had eaten. This is important, because it reminds me that God’s provision was bountiful, above and beyond their expectations.”

Gospel of John Reading Plan
Day 10 Reading:
John 6:1-21

Bringing the Word to Life
Make a homemade meal or snack and share it with others.

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” -John 6:9 (NRSV)

Observation
Jesus miraculously feeds 5000+ people with five small loaves and two small fish. All had their fill and were satisfied. The disciples collected 12 baskets of leftovers.

Application
The story of the feeding of the 5000 appears in all four gospels, but only John’s gospel says the loaves and the fishes came from a boy. Like the New Testament widow who put her last two coins in the treasury, like the Old Testament widow who used the last of her meal and oil to make bread for Elijah, this young boy gives all he had. These three people are nameless, yet their acts of faith, trust and generosity are still remembered.

In the story of the feeding of the 5,000 we see Jesus once again addressing the most essential, physical needs of his fellow human beings – hunger, thirst, companionship – and once again, breaking down every socially-constructed barrier that keeps us from eating with one another. He did the same thing when, much to the chagrin of the religious leaders, he dined with tax collectors and prostitutes and told his more well-to-do hosts that “when you give a banquet, invite the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.” The English word companion, is derived from the Latin com (“with”) and panis (“bread”). A companion, therefore, is someone with whom you share your bread. – Rachel Held Evans, 5000 Companions

Gandhi used the spinning wheel as both physical embodiment and symbol for radical change. Today, the foundation for social justice is healthy food — our “spinning wheel” for the 21st century.- Francisco Ramos Stierle

Prayer
Miraculous One, our own needs and the needs of this world can overwhelm us. We question if anything can be done. We become paralyzed with despair and fear. Forgive us and heal us. Thank you for the examples of these nameless ones. They trust you and they act. They had little, but in your hands it is honored and it is more than enough. Give us their faith and courage. Help us to trust you beyond what we can see or imagine. We ask this in the strong name of Jesus, who makes all things possible and all things new. Amen.

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