MUSINGS – March 22, 2019

Matthew 15:32-39
Jesus called his disciples and said, “I feel sorry for the people. They have been with me three days now and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry, or they may become exhausted on their way home.”

His disciples asked him, “Where could we get enough bread to feed such a crowd in this place where no one lives?”

Jesus asked them, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” They answered, “Seven, and a few small fish.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks to God. Then he broke the bread and gave it to the disciples, and they gave the bread and fish to the people.

All of them ate as much as they wanted. The disciples picked up the leftover pieces and filled seven large baskets. Four thousand men had eaten. (This number does not include the women and children who had eaten.) After he sent the people on their way, Jesus stepped into the boat and came to the territory of Magadan.

Once again we have an account of Jesus feeding a multitude on bread and fish. The first time is recorded in the fourteenth chapter of Matthew (along with the 3 other gospels).

I have been fed by Jesus. I’m not talking metaphorically, but physically feed by Jesus. It happened sometime after our first son was born. I was going to college and working after school. Previously my wife had been working and adding to our meager income. Now she was staying at home and taking care of the baby. To say that money was tight would be a terrific understatement.

One day we heard a car door close and went to see who was there. Some friends from church were getting back into their car after leaving several sacks of groceries on our front steps. It had been their intention to be anonymous. The wife said that the Holy Spirit had told her we needed help. She, just like the disciples in today’s scripture reading, had been told to feed the people. This was no less a miracle than the feeding of the multitude.

Through the years since our being fed, we have also been called upon to feed the multitude by donating to food pantries and carrying bags of nonperishable food and other items that we can hand out to the street corner homeless.

Have you been fed? Have you fed?

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