Jesus asks “Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?” He said this as a test. He himself knew exactly what he was going to do.
We can summarise all the answers of the apostles in an everyday catchcry – we haven’t got the time or the money! Time or money is not important to Jesus!!!!
This miracle is about praying for the impossible. When we have no resources at all and we are in an impossible situation, what does Jesus suggest? When our resources are so infinitely small in comparison to the need, what does Jesus suggest?
“Give them to me. Make the people sit down.” All of the accounts in the Gospels stress that the miracle happened in the hands of Jesus. He took them, he blessed them, he broke them, he gave them. We pray for the impossible by placing whatever we have in the hands of Jesus. It is his prayer of blessing that answers our prayer. This is Eucharist.
The Church and the Gospels have always related this miracle to the Eucharist, the Mass. The Mass is the surrendering of everything we have into the hands of Jesus. There are times for the prayer of petition and intercession. “Ask for anything at all and I will give it”. But the Mass is an offering of not what we wish we had, but all and everything that we have and putting it into the hands of Jesus. He makes it enough!
We will follow this theme for the next five weeks.