“When the apostles returned, they explained to him what they had done. He took them and withdrew in private to a town called Bethsaida. The crowds, meanwhile, learned of this and followed him. He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured.” Luke 9:10-11
…taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
Today’s gospel text is a strong lesson in our call to generosity. In the first part, Jesus welcomes the Disciples after their first missionary journey. Like good friends who come back together after one returns from a voyage, they were eager to share of the trials and successes of their experience. But the crowd came, and their intimate encounter was put on hold as Jesus’ attention turned to the needs of the throng of people who sought him out. Their personal desire for time together would have to wait.
In the second part, the miracle of the loaves and fish, some claim that this is really a miracle of changing the hearts of men from selfishness to generosity. This view claims that many who came had food with them, but they were hungry because they were unwilling to bring the food out to eat, afraid that they would have to share it with their neighbor. Their fear was abated when they saw Jesus blessing, breaking and sharing the meager provisions of his small band of followers, and thus proceeded to do like wise.
We see very clearly how important a generous heart is to the follower of Jesus. Let us ask the Lord to give us generous hearts, that we may follow the gospel’s example today and find miracles unfold through our generosity.
May God bless you.