August 1

Matthew 14:13-16

“Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’” vs. 16

As followers of Jesus, when we hear about a need our first impulse is to respond. We want the hungry to be fed and the sick to be cared for–surely there must be an agency that can help or a government program to be applied for–we’re glad to make recommendations. In fact, the disciples’ suggestion that the people in the deserted place go find food for themselves makes a lot of sense for us. But Jesus doesn’t buy it! He says, “They don’t need to go away; you give them something to eat.” One of the blessings that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis is that many folks have taken Jesus’ words to heart. We’ve heard the stories many times, and maybe we’ve even been involved. Over and over again people have decided to do something about the problems that have come to their attention. They’ve dusted off sewing machines and made hundreds of thousands of face masks. They’ve prepared meals for overworked medical personnel in the hospitals. Some have organized snack deliveries for nurses in the ICU and Emergency departments. Others have taken it upon themselves to check up on isolated friends and make sure they’re well. Many have given their stimulus checks to people who really need the money. Following Jesus is no grandstand operation; it means getting in the game and making a difference.

Thought for the Day: How have I gotten involved during these months?

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