Wednesday 5 December 2018

About Today Readings

Isaiah 25:6-10. Psalm 22(23). Matthew 15:29-37.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life – Psalm 22(23).

‘They all ate as much as they wanted.’

So often when we read the feeding of the five thousand, we focus on the end of the story – the miracle of the loaves and the fishes and the fact that there were 12 baskets left over. Can we look at it in a new way?

The people had been with Jesus for three days. He had been teaching and healing them. He had been feeding their souls and nurturing them, and then, the final act, he feeds their bodies too. The vast amount of leftover food is also an image of the way in which their souls are now overflowing with their new understanding of the goodness of God.

 

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