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UNSELfishNESS
by jorge ochoa
01/12/10
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I had a funny thought, years ago, that still tickles me. It has to do with the stories of Jesus feeding the 4 and 5 thousand people with a sparing amount of fish and bread.
Now, before I start, don't get me wrong, Jesus could do miracles. There is nothing that God can not do through a pure human heart. Move a mountain, raise the dead, even feed thousands with hardly enough to feed a small group.
I do not doubt that Jesus could take some loaves of bread and 5 or so fish, and multiply them, physically, through the will of God. But I also like thinking of it in another way.
Lets say Jesus gives the baskets to the disciples with only the little bit broken into portions for the groups split into fifty people. Now these followers, who have been running after Jesus on the sandy shore when he left for Bethsaida with the disciples, were tired and far from home (not to mention, getting hungry).
I will not recount the whole story, but it was a boy who could provide the food when needed, which leads me to think that others also had food, but it was the ones who didn't have, who were being vocal about their hunger. When the people were made to sit in smaller groups, there would most likely be people in each group that came with food, but were not sharing previously.
I like to imagine one circle (like the rest), with the basket being given to the first person, and they look inside and see small bits for 50 people. Even though the person has no food (and could eat all the scraps if alone), they just take a tiny amount, and through passing the basket afterward, out of unselfishness, and Christ, that small portion feels like a whole meal, because the goodness of God, the bread that is Jesus, is what filled the body. Then, a few people down the circle, another person sees such a small amount, and how many there are to still feed. And perhaps this person has food on them, like the boy. But they have even more then that. This person then takes as much as the last person (which was as much as the first person), then places all he/she has into the basket, and passes it on, feeling as full as the rest. If this was to happen with each circle, by the end, there would probably be more left over then the amount that they had begun with.

I certainly like this thought, it tickles me because in a way, its a miracle made by Jesus, just by being Him. Others could see his example, and tried to follow in such ways, which is as grand a miracle as this earth can ever witness.

Perhaps its both, physical multiplication, and unselfish giving. Either way, I like it.

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