As we continue our journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send us your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.
Today’s Gospel reading is from Mark 6:30-46.
The miracle story of the feeding of the five thousand is one of the most familiar in the New Testament. So familiar that it is difficult to come up with a new thought about the crowd of five thousand being fed with two small fish and five loaves of bread.
One can imagine the excitement Jesus’ presence inspired – how the crowds followed Him from place to place hanging on every word. In this instance the disciples became concerned about the lateness of the hour and how the crowd was going to be fed.
When they approached Jesus He said, “You give them something to eat.” The disciple had learned to expect the unexpected from the Lord by this time. So they knew better than to question Him. After the Lord had blessed the two small fish and five loaves of bread, the disciples had the people sit on the grass and passed out what turned into an ample amount of food.
The miracle here is that Jesus empowered the disciples to feed the five thousand. Jesus empowered the disciples to perform many miracles in His name. After His death and resurrection, the apostles continued His work on earth.
It is the same empowerment at work here at Trinity Cathedral in many ways, in out outreach work and in the community. Many miracles are accomplished in His name – accomplishments that would be impossible for an individual. All of us can be empowered to accomplish the impossible. Under inspired leadership in our church we create miracles with the help of many.
There are many examples – the homeless fed on Sunday mornings, a school built in Haiti, families saved at St. Lawrence Place, and many other miracles that take place every day.
Christ in the wilderness 5000 fed,
With two little fishes and five loaves of bread.
May the blessings of Him who made this division
Rest upon us who share this provision.
(Attributed to the late Rev. George Meetze, pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation and Chaplain to the SC Senate)
Former President, Daughters of the Holy Cross
Chairman, Archives of Trinity Cathedral
Columbia, South Carolina
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