I often do small electrical wiring jobs and repairs. One of the delights of wiring is the straightforward nature of the task. Of course, one has to be sure to get the circuit right, to make sure that the current goes in here and comes out there after going around in here. But how do we make sure that things are the way they should be? We use a circuit tester with a bulb. If the bulb lights up when and where it should, we can be sure we’ve made the proper connections. If it doesn’t light up, then we have a problem.
Jesus is in a sense using a “test bulb.” He is using the occasion of the disciples having forgotten to bring an adequate supply of bread-they brought only one loaf-to get them to think of his identity. He speaks to them of their having witnessed two miracles, in particular the feeding of the multitudes, as a hint concerning who he is.
Who, then, was Jesus? That’s easy: the Son of God, our Saviour. To us, understanding has been given. We know. Peter knew, but did the eleven know? It appears not. Sad to say, Jesus’ test bulb does not light up.
God of understanding, make us light up and stay lit with the knowledge of Jesus as our Saviour. Amen. — AEA