One Tiny Fish – Good News for April 24

24 04 2009

John 6:1-15

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.  The Jewish feast of Passover was near. When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.

Philip answered him,”Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?”Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” 

Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.

When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.” Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

The Daily Path: Abundance where once only scarcity existed.

Sharing is one of the miracles of keeping Christ in our daily life and the opportunity to live His teaching. Sharing what we have with someone in need, is nothing short of miraculous for those on the receiving end. Even after reading John’s gospel our inner Stan Doubtsall may ask, “How can my one tiny fish make a difference when need is so great?” You’d be amazed at how far the metaphorical loaf or fish can go when there is nothing else.

What’s in my closet that will never see the light of day, yet could provide a job seeker the professional appearance that enables them to get a job? What have I hoarded that will never be touched in the next ten years, yet in the hands of someone else will be a life changing tool? Will I even notice a dollar or two donated to Catholic Charities, Salvation Army or any number of agencies that provide shelter to people with no other place to turn, that could keep them off the street and out of harms way the night they otherwise would have been beaten will sleeping in an alley? What about my time? Can I offer just a few hours of my time and skill that could in turn impact someone’s life forever?  

If I take a good look, I’ll see the demographic of need has shifted significantly. It’s not someone who lives on the “other side of the tracks.” It’s that family I once saw at the country club. The former manager who is now selling every possession just to feed his family while he struggles to find a job… any job. That person may even be me.

Trust me friends, now is the time that we all need to take a hard look at that little fish and tiny loaf in our basket to see how we can perform miracles of our own.

Room to Chat: (Psalms 34:19-20) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the Lord delivers him. The Lord hears the cry of the poor… let’s open our ears today and hear.