Reflecting on the Gospel reading from Sunday 2nd August July, Reverend Julie writes...
Reverend Julie's reflection on ‘The Feeding of the 5000’
Mark Harris in a book edited by Eric Priest called ‘Reason and Wonder’ asks: “Do the miracles of Jesus contradict science?” The answer is more complex than a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as other questions have to be asked, for instance ‘what is a miracle?’ as well recognising that science has been changing its emphasis from determinism to indeterminism. If you are interested in the finer detail behind all of that, I recommend the book, as it also covers many other topics around science and faith.
The problem with miracles, I believe, are us, in that we can get so caught up in: did it happen, didn’t it happen? that we miss the point of the miracle in the first place. We don’t bother asking ‘why was this miracle (or if you don’t believe in miracles, this story) captured in the Bible? Many miracles recorded and were often centred on healing and exorcisms, others like the ‘The Feeding of the 5000’ was about faith. This miracle must have been highly significant to the people at the time for it to be recorded in all four gospels of the Bible.
The miracle highlighted Jesus as being from God, but it also showed that much can be achieved from a small offerings. Jesus takes the five loaves and two fish, gives thanks, blesses and breaks them for the disciples to distribute. Jesus takes the little that the disciples have to offer and magnified it so not only was there enough to go around, the leftovers filled 12 baskets. Jesus meets the needs of the crowd: he supplies bread for the hungry.
We may feel we have very little to offer, but Jesus takes what we have, glorifies and transforms: we are the resource, He is the power. Jesus fulfils the need and He uses what wehave to give, no matter how small, whether we are old or young, in good health or poor, rich or don’t have ‘2 pennies to rub together’. If we offer ourselves in the service of Christ, He will transform our efforts many times over. Together with Christ, we share God’s love to the world achieving so much more than we can on our own. Don’t know where to start? Then pray and ask God to show you ‘when’ and ‘how’.
How can we learn and grow in our faith? We can learn about Jesus and grow in faith in many ways: praying, reading the Bible, joining a church – online or in person, talking to others about where you are with your faith or maybe join a group that helps you learn more about your faith.
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‘The Feeding of the 5000’ (Matthew 14:13-21 can be found at:
or to hear the story try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCA4oivfSYk
May God fill your hearts with Love, Joy and Peace
God bless, Reverend Julie