Because of the boy’s generosity and Jesus’ miracle, there is plenty of food. But the food could not have been distributed without volunteers. In some versions of this story, the crowd is organized into groups of fifty or hundreds of people. The disciples, the boy, and other leaders among the people all choose to help with the food distribution. There is need, yes, but mostly there is a little food and a lot of volunteers. The result is not only that everyone eats their fill but also that there are twelve baskets left over. Not enough becomes a surplus. Five loaves, two fish, and twelve volunteers, blessed by Jesus and his compassion for the people, leads to more than enough food for everyone.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.
—John 6:13 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Help me see Jesus in those around me. Help me see that Jesus is present among all people, including those who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned.
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