Another day, another sign. In scripture, a sign is something that points to a reality beyond itself. In both the Old and New Testaments, “signs” or “signs and wonders” crack open heaven just a bit to give earth-bound people a glimpse of Godly truths. In today’s gospel reading (John 6: 1–21), we hear about the feeding of the 5000. At the end of a long day of teaching and ministry, Jesus demonstrates once more God’s abundant provision as he uses five small loaves and two fishes to feed the masses.
The disciples share the food around and all the people eat their fill. It’s not just a token amount as some scholars have suggested, nor is it a lesson in sharing as others have argued. This is not the story of the young boy who sets an example of generosity that then inspires the crowd to share their food, which turns out to be adequate for the occasion. This is the story (one of many in the Old and New Testaments) about the ability of God/Jesus to transform too little into more than enough.
What about us then? Are we willing to offer God what little we have, so that others may be blesses through it? Just as Jesus was able to transform the small offering of a young boy into a feast that was a blessing to so many, I pray that we too might have the faith to place ourselves and all that we have into his transforming love.
Till next time,
Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills