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.