Our identification with this God implies a risk that we take for the sake of others. We open our baskets and share the bread and the fish; we open our homes and welcome the stranger; we open our table to welcome all who hunger and thirst for justice and righteousness. As followers of Jesus, we take our web of advantages and inheritances and extend them, as the great theologian, educator, and civil rights leader Howard Thurman would insist, to the “disinherited.”
—Kenneth H. Carter Jr., A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Scriptural Imagination (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “A youth here has five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that for a crowd like this?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, each getting as much as they wanted.
—John 6:8-11 (CEB)
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