Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’
Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.
When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.'
Conversation: When you come towards the end of your time of prayer, talk to Jesus about what has come up for you. Imagine how they might reply.
A Prayer: End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father
We are so hungry!
There is such a deep unmet longing in us
that we are driven to erratic and anxious enrollments
in seminars, retreats, and workshops
on myriad themes of spirituality, healing, wholeness,
and even miracle making!
Millions of us are searching for a spiritual jump-start
or an instant divine fix.
The journey begins in spiritual infancy
and unfolds and grows
through our everyday life experiences.
It is all right to be hungry.
It is all right to want more.
But it is God who feeds the waiting heart.
We must be empty vessels,
not afraid of that very emptiness.
We must wait -
ever gentle with ourselves -
until God scoops us up, and comforts us.