By Mark Shields
When two or more are gathered trying to do some good, there is another at work which provides extra power. The Holy Spirit provides not only the power but unity. Reading today in Mark 6:30-44, the disciples had been evangelizing in the surrounding villages so Jesus decided they should take some time to rest and recharge.
Jesus and the disciples took the day off and went by boat to a solitary place along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The crowds saw them going away so they went by foot to where they were going and waited for them because they wanted to hear more from Jesus.
After teaching into the evening, hunger began to set in so the disciples wondered how all the people would be fed. Jesus suggested that they feed them and asked how many loaves of bread they had. The disciples responded with five loaves of bread and two fish.
Jesus directed the disciples to organize the people into groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all (v. 41).
There was not only enough food for everyone but twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish were left (v. 43). Jesus had taken the five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five thousand. With the help of the twelve disciples, He had taken what seems an impossible situation and made it possible!
There are times in life, when we face what seems like impossible situations but we can be assured that our needs will be met if we follow the model given in today’s passage. An example of working together, applying our strengths, organizing, and sharing.
I’m remembering a few years ago, when our church did a Mobile Pack Event for Feed My Starving Children. We were taking on a very challenging task of making 100,000 food packed meals that would be sent to various places around the world. It seemed to be an impossible feat but because it was organized in such a way that everyone could contribute their time in a very efficient way, the challenge was met.
The event was fun for both parents and children with jobs for everyone to help get all the food ingredients into the food pack meals. Below is a photo taken at the event!
This day with You Lord, we are unified for the impossible to change the world for the better. Your plan for us is about teamwork because we all have a job to do for Your purpose. Help us grow our faith, obey, and do our part to help You make what seems the impossible … possible! Amen.