July 24

John 6:1-9

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” vs. 9

When Jesus asked the disciples where they could get food for all the people, they were incredulous. They didn’t see any way that it could be done. There were just too many hungry people. We know the feeling. We are besieged by agencies and organizations asking for help to feed the hungry people of the world, and most of us try to do something. We send generous gifts to Hunger Appeals and to Lutheran World Relief, and often act locally with donations to soup kitchens and food pantries. We take stories like this one from the gospels seriously, even as we wonder with the disciples what difference our gifts can make among so many hungry people. It’s what we do as followers of Jesus. It’s what believers have always done. We give our barley loaves and fishes and trust that the Christ who fills the world can use those little offerings to make a big difference. It would be nice if one day there would be no more hungry people, but until that happens we are called to put food on the table, not only for ourselves, but for all our sisters and brothers. There is plenty of food in the world for all to have daily bread, and it’s our calling to make that happen, no matter how long it may take!

Thought for the Day: If there’s plenty of food, why do so many go hungry?

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