In the Gospel of Luke chapter nine verses eleven through seventeen, we read about the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish.
By Father Paul Eberle
This passage begins by stating that Jesus spoke to the crowds about the Kingdom of God and healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was coming to an end the Apostles suggested to Jesus that he dismiss the crowds so they may find lodging and provisions. Jesus had other plans. He told the apostles to “give them some food yourselves”. Jesus had great confidence in his apostles, as he does in each one of us, but their little faith was expressed in their response, “five loaves and two fish are all we have…”. The crowd of 5000 plus were instructed to sit down in groups of about fifty. Then Jesus “took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.” The entire crowd ate their fill and there were twelve wicker baskets left over! This was truly a miracle and a sign of the Kingdom of God of which Jesus spoke to the crowds. The five loaves and two fish, when added equals seven (5+2=7), a biblical number representing fullness, completeness, perfection…all of which describe the Kingdom. Similarly, the number twelve represents completeness and the fullness of God’s people…the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve Apostles. When they gather twelve wicker baskets full of fragments, it is a sign of God gathering all his people and providing their daily bread. God provided for the 5000, as he provides for us each day, giving us all that which we need to draw closer to God at each moment of our lives. Let us pray for the grace to trust Jesus completely and hand over our life to Him, our seemingly measly five loaves and two fish, and watch Jesus bless it and make it more than enough to satisfy our deepest desires. Lord, strengthen our faith in you and in your ability to work miracles in our lives each day!