The Good News for the day, April 13, 2018
Friday in the Second Week of Easter (271)
Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee. A great many people were following Him because they had seen the significance in what He was doing for sick people. Jesus went up on the slope looking down on the sea; there He sat down with his closest followers. (The Jewish feast of Passover was coming up.) When Jesus looked up and realized the size of the crowd moving towards Him, He turned to Philip, “Where can we ever buy enough food for them to eat?” (He was saying this to test him; He himself knew perfectly well what he was going to do.) Philip answered him, “A year’s wages for food wouldn’t be enough for everybody to have even a morsel.” One of his followers—Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother—told Jesus, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and a couple of fish—but what good are these little bits for so many people?” Jesus said, “Direct the people to find a place to sit.” Now there was extensive grass where they were; so, the men found places, some five thousand men by count. Then Jesus took the loaves, said a prayer of thanks, and distributed them to the people who were ready to eat, along with as much fish as they wanted. When the crowd had had enough, Jesus told his followers, “Gather the pieces left over—so that nothing gets wasted.” So, they collected the bits, filling a dozen wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves—leftovers that the people couldn’t eat. When people saw the significant act Jesus had just done, they said, “This must be the ‘Prophet’—who is to come down into the world.” Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him their ruler, he retired again to the heights—alone. (John 6)
Don’t focus on scientific history or the mechanics. Jesus feeds you with the bare minimum of resources. Part of a huge, hungry crowd, you and I feed on the gracious humor, kindness, and sharing of people around us; they nourish hearts; you see the sign-value of Jesus in the goodness they do. Look for signs of generosity—the miracle of everyday nutrition.