Notice how Jesus challenges the Apostles. Where can we buy enough food to feed all these people?
The simple answer is that they don’t know and they can’t possibly buy enough food anywhere to feed all these people. It’s just not possible.
But, it’s a test to see how generous the Apostles will be. Do they have the same love and care and concern for the people as Jesus does?
I want to suggest to you that we often take the same approach in our lives. The river’s too deep. The mountain’s too high. The valley’s too low. The world has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Awe, the Presbytere is too far gone. It was neglected for too long. What do you want me to do? I’m just one person.
So the Apostles don’t even try. How fatalistic. They just make excuses. Well, there’s a boy here with five loaves and two fish. What good is that? We can’t do anything with five loaves and two fish.
And they’re right. It’s just five loaves and two fish. What can I do with five loaves and two fish? Not much.
Well, the miracle in today’s gospel takes place because of the little boy’s selfless act. Just look at what Jesus does with five loaves and two fish. Jesus takes what the little boy gives and is able to feed everyone because of that small offering. It’s miraculous.
Jesus can take what little we have to offer and work miracles. Jesus can take what little we have to offer and make it enough.
We’re really good at saying, I don’t have much to offer. We’re also really good at selling ourselves short. What good is what I have to offer?
Jesus takes what is offered and give thanks. Jesus never complains that it’s too little or too late little because for Jesus it’s always enough. And from that little bit, a great multitude of people were cared for.
Imagine what would happen if we all brought Jesus our five loaves and our two fish.
Imagine if we all brought Jesus the little gifts and talents we have to offer. It would be enough. It could even be miraculous. So much in fact, that there would always be some left over.