Faith @ Home Daily- Thursday, June 4, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
This is a short story with many parts. Jesus is mourning the murder of his cousin, John the Baptist, and yearns to be by himself. A crowd of 5000 men (plus women and children) follow Jesus. Rather than turn them away so that he can mourn alone, Jesus has compassion for the great number of people who have followed him. He spends time healing them, and when he is finished it is late. His disciples urge him to send the crowd home, to find food as they might. But Jesus again has compassion for the masses. There follows a massive picnic, where the scant amount of food provided by the disciples is able to feed so many that there are baskets of leftovers. Today’s scripture asks us, what would happen if we looked (and responded) with compassion on those around us? What would it look like in our homes, our neighborhoods and our communities if we blessed and shared what we had, and trusted those who shared with us?