Date: June 30, 2019
In the reading this week we find Jesus with his small band of disciples in the wilderness. Through the course of the day, he’s attracted a crowd of 5,000 men and their families. And now it’s dinner time. So the disciples point out to Jesus that they are in “a deserted place, and the hour is now late;” and they suggest that it might be a good time for him to “send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus says to his disciples: “they need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
The disciples are perplexed, even overwhelmed, by Jesus’ response. “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” They cannot imagine feeding thousands of people given their limited resources.
I have to admit, I’m with the disciples. What on earth is Jesus thinking? How are the disciples supposed to feed 5,000 families with five loaves of bread and two fish? It’s just not possible! But then, Jesus does exactly that! He does the impossible!