It’s easy to imagine this scene: being in the hungry, approaching crowd, feeling famished and needing new life; or feeling like one of the bewildered disciples, doubting and questioning what Jesus wants to do.
The disciples respond to Jesus in their timeless, disciple-like way: “How?” Can one feed 4,000 with seven loaves and a few fish? Their answer is clear and they see it: there are too many people and they don’t have enough.
This is a miracle story. Not a magic, hocus-pocus miracle but a relationship-response miracle. It’s a miracle story about our faith, something we can’t always see or believe: our faith in God and God’s faith in us.
We hold a miracle of faith in our hands, a relationship with a God who calls us to respond. God, who works with whatever little we have, believes we have enough, that we, as followers of Jesus, are more than enough. With us, and with God, all things are possible.
What has God blessed, broken and given for me to share with all?
Do I sense that I have enough? That I am enough?
—Carla Orlando coordinates Spiritual Direction Services for the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle.