Daily Devotion Tuesday, February 5th

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – Psalm 12; Isaiah 52:1-12; Galatians 4:12-20 and Mark 8:1-10

Mark 8:1-10 – 1In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2“I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way — and some of them have come from a great distance.” 4His disciples replied, “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?” 5He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. 7They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9Now there were about four thousand people.

Jesus’ disciples asked him; “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?”

Jesus responded; “How many loaves to you have?”

One of the things I note when I read the accounts of Jesus feeding the 5,000 (which is all four gospels) and the reading of the feeding of the 4,000 (Mark and Matthew) is that the miracle, the solution to the problem, begins with the disciples sharing from what they had. Often when looking at a problem, personal or community, we look outside ourselves to see who can solve the problem. When in reality what we may need to look at is the gifts God has already given us, be they: skills, talents or abilities or from our possessions or finances. In the case of the feeding of the 4,000 the solution began with their sharing of their bread and fishes. Then most likely other people in the crowd shared what they had and all were fed and they even had lots of left overs.

What problem are you facing? What’s on your “plate” that seems impossible? We ask; “Lord, how can I/we …… ?” Jesus responds; “What are the gifts that you bring to table?”

If you are facing an insurmountable problem today or when you do (because we all will) hear Jesus asking you and the others involved; “What have I given you that can be shared to help begin addressing the problem?”

O Lord, when facing a problem may we see the abundance you have given us and then be willing to use what you have given us to address the problem before us. Help us use what you have been given that others may be helped. Amen.

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