Matthew 15:32-39 (NRSV)
Jesus feeds 4,000
Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way." The disciples said to him, "Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?" Jesus asked them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish." Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children. After sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.
Aren't you glad that Jesus has "compassion" upon us? When we seek his face and desire to learn from his words, he will not turn us away hungry. He will make sure that we are fed in abundance with the good food of his word, unconditional love, and amazing grace. Even more than that, there will always be "leftovers" for us to share with others. The Good News that "Christ has died! Christ has risen! And Christ shall come again!," is not something that we are meant to hoard for ourselves, rather, it is to be liberally shared with others, that all may live! What a miracle! What a joy! Bread for all...
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