August 1, 2022
One line in today’s gospel opens my heart. When the disciples are tired and afraid, when they realize there is not enough food, they tell Jesus about the five loaves and two fish. Jesus then says, “Bring them to me.”
Jesus has already demonstrated abundance of healing and love. His presence is already more than what people expected. His heart was moved with pity. He cured the sick. This would have been story enough. His actions among the sick were food enough.
Everything that becomes abundance in life is first the scarcity we bring to Jesus. Our egos will bring us scarcity. However, our hearts will bring us abundance and grace. His presence, his voice, his love, his abundant mercy is the source of all we do and become. We bring our worry about the future, our concern about illness, disease, climate disaster, poverty, injustice, to the name and person of Jesus Christ.
Then, look what happens. People are fed. People are satisfied. The disciples come back with baskets full of leftovers. It is the same in our prayer. First, however, we must bring all that is in our hearts, all the scarcity, to him. In Jesus Christ do our hearts dwell.
They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over, twelve wicker baskets full.