Our Five Loaves of Barley Bread
At the time of Jesus, barley bread, unlike wheat bread, was the bread of people who were poor . And there were only 5 loaves for a crowd of 5 thousand people.
What matter is the attitude – the attitude of Jesus. Jesus noticed the hunger of the people. Nobody asked or suggested that he gave the crowd food. It was Jesus who took the initiative to feed them.
“Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them” to the people. These three actions are the very actions Jesus would do when he gives us the Eucharist, the gift of himself – the gift of God’s life and love.
The number of people and their needs are so great. We might not have much. Five barley loaves might be all we have. With Jesus’ attitude and united with him in his gift of his Eucharist, our five barley loaves can satisfy the hungers of people.
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 John Petty, www.progressiveinvolvement.com