Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my husband and I traveled 600 miles – ten hours in the car – fueled by 33 gallons of gas. In today’s Gospel, despite having restored the people’s sight or speech, curing their ailments, or healing their brokenness, Jesus is still concerned that, without “fuel,” the people will not have enough strength for their journey. He does “not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”
All of our journeys – on the road and throughout life – require fuel. It can be overwhelming to imagine how to satisfy such a tremendous need. Jesus simply asks us to bring him what we have, no matter how small, humble, or insignificant, and he will do the rest. When we bring Jesus the tiny shred of hope to which we cling, or our last bit of patience, or the small sliver of peace we hold in our hearts, He multiplies those shreds, bits, and slivers into an abundance of love, peace, patience, hope.
For what do you hunger? Today, bring what little you have to Jesus, and allow him to multiply it into an abundance of what you need.
—Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.