It’s amazing how much of our life is dictated by food. Whenever we go out for breakfast in New Orleans… we discuss where we want to go for lunch. At lunch we discuss where we want to go for dinner. At the end of the evening, we always say, “Ooooh I ate way too much. Why did we order desert?”
The borgenproject.org which is working to end world hunger, says we make 200 decisions regarding food everyday.” But do we always have control over what we eat? For most of us, the answer is yes. Sometimes we run out of ketchup or someone eats the last chip you want, but most of us will never have to deal with malnutrition.
This same project tells us the world is filled with approximately 1 billion people who not have enough food on a daily basis. These people may not be starving, but they do not have equal assess to food. The number to support the infrastructure to stop world hunger is $30 billion a year.
In the world, there are approximately 3 billion between the age of 25 and 45 years old. If each one of these people donated just $10 a year we could eradicate world hunger. What if only half could donate? Your number would be $20 is that too much to solve World Hunger? Maybe the rest of the world does not have this type of disposable income. What is the number for Americans over the age of 18? It would cost $125 dollars a year. This $125 could be your fish and loaves. What is your number? How much would you be willing to donate on a yearly basis to eradicate world hunger? Yes, I am making this seem so easy but Jesus took his Disciples and together they fed thousands with a few fish and a couple loaves of bread. Think about how powerful we could be if we joined our resources.
“32 Jesus called his followers to him and said, “I feel sorry for these people, because they have already been with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry. They might faint while going home.”
33 His followers asked him, “How can we get enough bread to feed all these people? We are far away from any town.”
34 Jesus asked, “How many loaves of bread do you have?”
They answered, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
35 Jesus told the people to sit on the ground. 36 He took the seven loaves of bread and the fish and gave thanks to God. Then he divided the food and gave it to his followers, and they gave it to the people. 37 All the people ate and were satisfied. Then his followers filled seven baskets with the leftover pieces of food. 38 There were about four thousand men there who ate, besides women and children. 39 After sending the people home, Jesus got into the boat and went to the area of Magadan.”
On this day, no one in the crowd no one asked if the fish were farm raised or caught in the wild. No complained about the lack of gluten free bread. These people were hungry and were so thankful Jesus and the disciples were there to take care of them.
What is Jesus telling us about the Kingdom in this passage? Jesus is taking care of the outcasts, the downtrodden, the misfits…and they don’t even have to work for it!” These people are like a pack of wild dogs who will do anything to get what Jesus has. In a way Jesus is enabling the poor and weak. “How dare he just freely give this stuff away!” “Who does he think he is after all?” The disciples, ask Jesus to send these people home so they can get a good night’s rest and food to eat but Jesus wants them to stay and then expects the disciples to figure out a way to feed them. “You feed them,” Jesus says. Jesus not only enables the poor but also uses a poor boy’s food to do it!
Jesus is inviting us to be a part of this miracle. Will you accept the invitation?