August 3, 2015
The good news for today
Jesus said the blessing, broke the (five) loaves, and gave them to his followers who in turn gave them to the crowds. (Matthew 14,19)
The Gospel writer pictures Jesus as a popular person, a mini-rock star, to use our jargon. You and I do not enjoy such fame. People do not come to remote places to hear you preach and to heal sickness—much less work a miracle of multiplying loaves (and fishes).
And yet—and yet—again reversing the history, understanding the poetry that speaks the truth about Jesus and you—this story tells you EXACTLY what you do.
Crowds do follow you. Your followers and crowds do not wear sandals, trek into deserts, leave families behind—but they do want to hear from you, to feel your healing touch, to get restored, and re-invigorated, by what you say and do. The crowds are here—your family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, Twitter acquaintances, fellow workers, fellow hobbyists, and on and on.
You may believe that you do not have much to feed hearts, souls and minds. You may feel too little educated, or the wrong economic class, or the victim of family dysfunction—or worse. Yet with what little you DO have, you can multiply good into your hungry crowd with words of caring, respect for their common equality with you, and a high regard for their individuality. You recognize that they are “other”—not you and your own interests—but individual persons with lives like yours, and they want to love and be loved.
That is the Good News—your love for others multiplies.