Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
When we say we believe in this incarnate God, we claim that the all-powerful God of the universe showed up in the human Jesus, who was born and who died, who walked and laughed, bled and cried. We claim that when we look to Jesus, we can see God’s perfect love showing up in our daily lives. We can trust in God throughout our lives, because Christ lives with us, eats with us, dies with us, and with Christ we rise.
The One who looks at the world and constantly sees more than we see is the One who helps us to see abundance where there is scarcity. When we are hungry and afraid we don’t have enough, Jesus shows up—just like the visitor with the recipe for stone soup—and shows us that God brings to the table more than we think we have.
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