From a Creighton Student's Perspective
July 29, 2012
Sophomore, Biology Major, Pre-Med
Encountering this passage a few times every year, I find it interesting how the feeding of the five thousand has contained new meaning for me over time and has evolved as my theological education continues to develop. Hearing this story when I was younger, I thought it was amazing how Jesus made food multiply and wondered where it all came from. Sometimes I thought that a pile of food just appeared, and other times I thought the bread and fish became whole again after it was cut or halved.
As the Bible became more symbolic and meaningful however, the feeding of the five thousand sounded more like a story that spoke of hospitality, inclusivity, and undying care for those amongst us. Instead of sending home the people who came and waited to see him, Jesus makes do with what is available to him—a simple meal of bread and fish. This, I believe, is one of the most important messages of the story: we should welcome all around us and make do with what we have to share and give away in friendship and communion.
Sharing in the joys of fellowship need not be anything like a flashy party or an expensive outing, but oftentimes just a simple space to begin a conversation. From my readings of passages in the Bible, Jesus always made it a point to enter into community wherever he went. I believe this is something that can always be integrated more into my daily life, and also a challenge to making community more wholesome and life more fulfilling.
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