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Doctrines & Morals

Five loaves

April 13, 2018 (Friday of the second week of Easter)


Five loaves…


Dear friends in Christ, sometimes what we think is too small, goes round and we have excess. That however cannot be compared to the miracle of the feeding done by Jesus. How is it possible to think that five loaves of bread, will ever be enough for five thousand people? But with God, nothing is impossible. Those who have even very little, must realise that it is only by the grace of God, that we have access to anything at all and so must remain grateful. With the blessing of God, what is too little by human reckoning becomes abundant.


The Gospel passage of today (John 6:1-15) tells of the miracle in which Jesus fed a crowd of five thousand from very little. Jesus had gone up into the hills and those who had seen or heard of the miracles he had worked came in search of him. Jesus saw them and asked Philip where they could buy bread for the crowd but he replied, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to have a little.” That reply from Philip suggests that the money to buy such amount of food, was not even with them and even for that amount only a little might go to each person. Andrew however informed him of a little lad with five barley loaves and two fish, but he added, “but what are they among so many?” That reveals the challenge at hand. But Jesus had the crowd sit on the grass, they numbered about five thousand  men. Jesus took the loaves and after he had given thanks, he told the disciples to distribute it. What had appeared too little went round and they had more leftover than they had before the meal. Just like the disciples, we also worry if what we have will be enough. We worry about our children, about our jobs, about meeting our obligations. In these days of financial problems across board, no one is at ease. To make up for what is missing, even in the time of plenty, a lot of people engage in sharp practices, defrauding others in the process, so as to save enough for their tomorrow. Should a Christian worry that much?


Often the proceeds of corruption, are used to satisfy greedy appetites. Many of the things people spend money on, are things they do not need. The most expensive of things in the market, are not always about needs. I have seen young men run and struggle daily in the sun to make money, even by hawking, only to spend the money to buy branded materials they can do without. Misplaced priority!


This miracle is a great assurance from the Lord that if we put in our efforts and ask for the blessing of God, a little will turn into an abundance.


Let us pray: Lord we come to you in our needs, grant our requests and keep us in the path of true life. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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