John 6:5-9 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
From this period of the Gospel narrative the focus became the dialogue of Jesus with his closest disciples. A series of events and teachings transformed his disciples forever.
After healing and teaching the crowd, and being late, Jesus warned his disciples to atend the needs of the people. He challenged them to seek and present any available resources.
All four evangelists remembered that Andrew found a boy with 5 loaves and 2 small fish. Today I could ask: no one else had to offer? Was there nothing more to add? Not even sharing? Nothing more? No one? Only single boy offered something. There is at least one more multiplication event registered in another region.
Sometimes I wonder if there have been other resource multiplication events at other times and places throughout men’s history. Certainly. Many people of faith worked with resilience, confronted injustices, and distributed wealth.
The Kingdom of God established itself whenever it encountered thirsty hearts and working arms. Wicked governments persecute those who believe. Fair Governments promote freedom of expression.
Features are always available but need to be used safely and sustainably. The action of the adversary is to promote intrigues and disputes to avoid Peace. Peace is the best way to spread the Good News to all humanity.
If I could suggest a different subtitle of this narration (after all the subtitles are not inspired) that appears in our bibles, I would make the following suggestion: the multiplication of a simple offer. I am convinced that Jesus wanted to show what we can do with a simple offer. And it was a small gift from a small donor.
He wanted to show you what you can do with any kind of offer since being sincere in your action and sensitive in its beginning. It’s a big deal when we do not value an offer as simple as it may be. It is a monkey when we do not offer in the Kingdom of God, because offering is an act of worship. Offering is an act of multiplication.