The disciples were asked to take stock of what they had to give those in need. They came up with something that seemed so insignificant in the face of 5,000 hungry men and an untold number of women and children-only five loaves and two fish. And yet, it was enough. In fact, it was more than enough.
How often do we allow ourselves to feel or be paralyzed in the face of all the need in our world? The number of our street friends seems to continually multiply, along with the number of charities and initiatives asking for our aid. Alone, we are unable to do much, but when we bring what we have to Jesus, he can use even the smallest offering to work miracles. Last December, our mitten tree at church looked so bare when it first went up, but with God’s help, it suddenly seemed to explode with mittens, scarves and hats. In fact, additional items needed to be gathered in bags at its base. Alone we struggle to make a difference, but together and with God as our guide, nothing is impossible.
Dear Lord, help us to remember what we can do when we work together and with you. Amen. — CS