Be as Generous as Children

In the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000, we often overlook the critical role of the young boy who volunteered his lunch.

The Gospel of John’s account of Jesus feeding 5,000 (John 6:1-14) is the only one of the four gospel accounts that tell us that in performing the miracle Jesus relies upon the offer by a young boy of his own lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish. We are inclined to read this as a throw-away detail.

But this morning I read a reflection on this text that highlights this lad and his offer as critical to Jesus’ miracle. I like it so much that I am providing this link. It’s well worth your reading.

The reflection Be as Generous as Children is by Fr. Eric Hollas, a Benedictine monk at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. His blog A Monk’s Chronicle is also well worth following.

One thought on “Be as Generous as Children

  1. Judy Brown

    Dan, I thoroughly enjoyed this posting by our retired minister, Gordon Lindsay, and I thought you might like it.  Be sure to read the part underlined in blue. Tye is here for the week, and it is super hot.  I think we will spend a lot of time in the river.  Cheers, Judy


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