First of all, I should say that this is going to be a ‘different’ kind of blog for me; however, I do pray that you can follow it and will get something from it.
At Mass tonight, we were reading the “infamous” story in the Gospel of Matthew about the “feeding of thousands” with “five loaves and two fish.” You probably know the story, but if you need a refresher, read Matthew 14:13-21 (I will include parts within the blog).
As I read/listened, I was thinking, “There HAS to MORE to this story than ‘signs and wonders.’ (And yes, I am very aware that the Church teaches this story foreshadows the Eucharist.)
So, now I’ll give you a ‘peak’ into what was going through my mind during parts of the reading.
15As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
What “I” thought of as the disciples TOLD Jesus to send away the ‘masses’ were the many “Christians” that WILLINGLY and ENTHUSIASTICALLY ‘send away’ those that are UNlike themselves when they refuse to Love, serve, seek to understand and/or include them.
So, what does Jesus do? Rather than send the people away, He HUMBLES the disciples.
16Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
Here I thought of how ALL are children of God and that Jesus came so that ALL shall be ‘saved’. I thought of how NO ONE ‘needs‘ to “go away.”
For whatever reason, “Man does not live on bread alone” kept repeating in my head. It’s not a part of this particular scripture, but I think it ties in.
Here is where that ‘quote’ comes from:
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. [Deuteronomy 8:3]
(As a reminder, this is also the verse Jesus QUOTES when tempted by Satan.)
So, back to original scripture, “Man does not live on bread alone” inspired me to consider that the people that were gathered CAME “HUNGRY.” SPIRITUALLY hungry — hungry for “HOPE”.
Could it be that this story is also about SPIRITUALLY “feeding” people AND the fact that ALL were FED? NO ONE was sent “away” (elsewhere) HUNGRY.
Not only were ALL fed, but what I found even more interesting is that they were FED from a ‘remote place’ (UNFAMILIAR/not ‘home’) when it was ‘getting late’ (NIGHT was falling/DARKNESS). [lots of possible insights there to pray about/discern]
Maybe I am “reaching,” and maybe you are all thinking that I have gone “off the deep end.” BUT, this was really exciting for me because the ‘lesson’ I gleaned was one of LOVE and HUMILITY. That, to me, has a FAR greater INTRINSIC value than one based on “signs and wonders.”
So, I’m thinking the next time we look at someone and believe “WE” cannot/should not ‘feed’ them, we should pray and consider God’s Will
We CAN & We SHOULD!
(and there might even be LEFT OVERS!! LOL)
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