By: Aria Christenson
Readings: Psalm 53; 2 Kings 4:1-7; Luke 9:10-17
“The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to Jesus and said, ‘Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’” –Luke 9:12-13
It’s easy to live under the assumption of scarcity, to assume that you have nothing to give. In the face of so much need, the twelve assumed that they didn’t have a role in sustaining a large crowd in a deserted area. How have you felt powerless in the face of need in your life? When have you thrown up your hands and said, “I can’t do anything about this”? Jesus gives the twelve a strong command – “You give them something to eat.”
Of course, acting powerfully in the face of need takes courage. It took courage for the twelve to believe that just five loaves and two fish could feed thousands.
I am committed to being a bridge of healing for two of my family members who are currently not on speaking terms. I think God is saying to me, “You do something about it.” I want these two people to know that I love and support them, and I hope for reconciliation between them.
O Holy One, we ask for your grace as we discover what it means to act powerfully this Lenten season. As we encounter deserted places, may we know that we have much to give. And may we always remember that through it all, we are Beloved.