Thank You, Lord, that You give lavishly and abundantly. Thank You that You can take what I have and multiply it.
What do you have to offer Jesus?
When I was an apartment-sharing student, the six of us used to eat our evening meal together. So we had a rotation for cooking it. Often we would have unexpected guests, and we would need a childhood adage: "Family hold back." In other words, the guests were the priority for receiving food. Interestingly enough, no one ever went hungry.
The disciples had their own plan for ensuring that the hungry people on the mountain were fed. They would send them to the village to fend for themselves. But Jesus had other ideas. Hurting from the news about the death of John the Baptist, he was still conscious of the needs of others. And if that meant providing food for all these people, then that is what he would do.
Jesus had already done miracles of healing, and we might think (especially in our experience of rarely, if ever, going really hungry), that this was something minor and not worth bothering about. But Jesus cares for the whole person. And he always gives us what we need. How ready are we, in turn, to be a part of the answer to someone else's need?
Invite someone to share a meal with you. Make it a gift to Jesus, both in whom you invite and all you offer.
Generous Father, I desire to be in step with You as You bring the bread of life to the world. Help me to be ready.