In many places there are Food Banks. Those in need can come and get food free of charge. Many people are bringing food and volunteers are distributing it at the distribution points. It is good if nobody has to get hungry…
In order to remedy the hunger areas of the world, there are many help organizations that ask people to share their bread with others. CAFOD, Missio, Caritas are just some of them.
As important as it is to ensure that people do not lack daily bread, we experience that people long for more than just satiety, however vital it is to survival. The soul of man also demands food.
There are the cultural needs and above all the spiritual ones, even if some don’t want to admit it. Jesus knows about the desire for more. He sets a table for us with a food that gives us meaning and therefore life in abundance. The story of the wonderful bread multiplication stands for it. It is not about bread that we can buy, but the bread of life that is Jesus himself.
There are distributors. The disciples are intended for this ministry in the gospel. But these are pretty helpless in the face of the starving flocks in the desert. They only come up with the idea of asking Jesus to send people away. “Give them something to eat yourselves!” Jesus says to the disciples.
Even if they have little, five loaves and two fish, he asks the helpless helpers to do something with them. He takes care of the rest.
Jesus’ actions in the face of human misery are incredible. He takes what little there is and gives it to the hungry people with a fixed look at Heavenly Father. Miraculously, everyone is finally satisfied. Those who distribute the little they have will not get poorer. Those who overcome their anxiety and are not afraid of going broke in the end will have wonderful experiences of distributing help.
Jesus gave himself to people. For them it is the bread of life. In celebration of the Eucharist we receive this bread. Jesus’ dedication led to new life, to the resurrection. If we do not spare ourselves in the service to people, we will ultimately lose nothing, but only gain. Jesus says: “Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. ”(Mt 10:39).
The bread multiplication of Jesus is more than a historical moment. It still takes place. The people who long for satiety are still here. Jesus wants to satisfy their hunger. He continues the miracle. But he also needs us as distributors. Let us stand in this service wherever we see opportunities…