Mark 6:34,37-44 (NIV)
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.  But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take eight months of a man’s wages ! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”  “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”  Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.  Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.  They all ate and were satisfied,  and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.  The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Our family has a new dinner call–feed up time! a line from Beasts of the Southern Wild.
This is a feed up time story. Bunch of sheep wandering in search of a Shepherd…
Gets hungry out there.
The miraculous meal stories in the gospel are the best!!! People in the tens of thousands getting fed. How great is that!?
Great, unless that is all you come for.
Many of us would follow Jesus around if he tossed us French bread or pita sandwiches. Jesus, after all, makes it plain that we are all richly invited to the ultimate party–heaven, and the ultimate celebration–his wedding feast.
We are invited as the Bride. We are invited to love and comfort and joy. Not just a picnic on the shore.
If we are to go, we must prepare. We must follow our dear love to the end of this most crucial of stories.
Love calls, love beckons.
feed up time!