look to you to give them their food in due season” (Ps 104:24-27).
In feeding a crowd of hungry people Jesus was only manifesting the care and concern God has for His people, especially the poor. But does the episode have the sole intention of showing Jesus as wonder-worker who multiplied bread and fed the people? Had not he thwarted the plan of the evil spirit in the wilderness when he was tempted to turn stone into bread to satisfy his hunger? We should be able to see in the event of the multiplication of loaves more than what our eyes tell us. More astounding than Jesus’ feeding of the crowds with a few pieces of bread and fish is Jesus’ transforming the crowd into a community, a people united in their need for one another, in the word they heard, in the bread they shared and in the love of him who has brought them together. In being hungry all those present on the scene have shed their differences and have become ‘poor’ in their state of dependence and want. In a believing community each is enabled to forget his or her personal needs and show concern for others. Those who shared the food given by Jesus on that evening went back as a caring community of believers. Today Christ