Yesterday’s reading was Matthew 15:29-39 where Jesus feeds the 4,000 people on the hillside. He told the disciples that he wanted to feed the crowd, and they replied incredulously. “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place?” Jesus simply answers them by asking what they have. It’s not much – 7 loaves of bread and few fish for 4,000 people. But Jesus takes it and makes enough for everyone to be filled and 7 baskets left over. Have you ever felt Jesus calling you to do something or help someone? I have felt called to share my thoughts on God and faith to others for over a year now. If I only relied on what I planned or thought others needed, I would be pretty dry sometimes. But when I give it to Him and let Him direct it, He gives enough and some left over. Every time I think I am out of things to say, He gives me someone or something that reminds me of another part of Him to share. Don’t have enough in you? Let Him transform it.
Matthew 15:29-39 – Moving on from there Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, and lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.
Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “And a few fish.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over – seven baskets full.