When I read the accounts of Jesus feeding thousands of people, his abundance and miraculous powers are preeminent.
But there are other things as well. He says that the disciples need to feed them.
He demands the impossible of the ordinary.
He has not provided (that we know) consistent meals and snacks. He waits until they are truly hungry.
He exhausts the resources of the ordinary.
He predicts that without Divine intervention they will “collapse on the way.”
He knows the limits of the ordinary and is willing to push those limits.
We are so ordinary.
I am particularly ordinary.
And I need to face my ordinary hunger, my ordinary need…
For this God, this extraordinary Savior. Jesus, who defines himself and winnows us by proclaiming that in his body and in his blood is the fulfillment of every human hunger.
With or without a little boy’s ordinary lunch, Jesus satisfies, Jesus is able to feed, every human heart.