Give and Give and Still Have More

We’ve all been down to our last dime, our final straw, that place where we feel as if we have nothing else to give.  It is in that moment that Jesus so often calls us to give it all.  One day, while in an deserted place, a large crowd gathered around Jesus and he taught them all day long.  Now, as the day was nearing end his disciples came and begged him to send the people away so they could go and buy food.  Jesus challenged them by saying, “You give them something to eat.” (Mark 6:30-44)

Now, we need to understand that Jesus has already asked them to leave everything and follow him, which they have done.  So, it makes sense when the disciples ask, “Are we to buy 200 denarii worth of bread?”  That’s a lot of dough!  Imagine you haven’t worked in a while and someone tells you to go and spend almost a year’s worth of income on bread!  For other people!  All they have is five loaves of bread and two fish.  Jesus takes the bread and the fish, gives thanks, breaks them and gives them out.  Everyone gets more than enough.  When it’s all over there are 12 baskets of broken bread pieces and fish bites.

Mark’s gospel is about discipleship.  Discipleship is about seeing.  What we see in this story is Jesus’ ability to call the very last bit of bread and fish out of us for others.  In the end, all 12 disciples gave their all and they found they had 12 baskets left over.  When Jesus calls us to take care of others we may be asked to bring our all, every last drop.  Don’t let this discourage you for you may find yourself with more than you started out with.

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