Illuminating Christ: Loaves and Fishes

loaves and fishes

Think about the last time you were really hungry. How long had it been since your last meal? Three hours? Seven hours? The crowd described in Mark’s Gospel hadn’t eaten in three days. Imagine — hear their grumblings. Feel their distress.

Jesus did.

Christ was in tune with the needs of the famished crowd, so in tune that his heart was moved. His heart was moved. The surge of compassion Jesus felt for his people didn’t stay inside. The movement in his heart led Christ to act — and the result was spectacular. With five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus fed all 5,000 hungry people. These Scripture pages are filled with bread and fish. They just keep multiplying!

Feelings of empathy, shock and even anger can be the driving sparks that ignite action. Like Jesus, we too can do an amazing amount of good in our ministry today. But our hearts need to be moved first.

Join Seeing the Word this Lenten season as we take a prayerful look into the ministry of Jesus Christ through the lens of The Saint John’s Bible. The weekly posts will feature either a prayer or reflection paired with an illumination. All content was written by Jessie Bazan, M.Div. candidate.

Illumination: © Donald Jackson, 2002 The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

2 thoughts on “Illuminating Christ: Loaves and Fishes

  1. I bought a small book, “The Art of The Saint John’s Bible” a readers guide, and so far, I have found most of the illuminations/reflections in it. I am so pleased with this little book although I have to use a magnifying glass to see the details in the paintings. I saw the Bible in Phoenix, Az a few years ago and loved it! It is so beautiful! God bless you for making all these illuminations and reflections available to those who do not have access otherwise.

  2. Jessie,
    Thanks for your ongoing commitment to this site. They say that for every post there may be as many as 25-30 who benefit but do not or cannot reply. So, I’d say 50-60 readers on this one already!

    In terms of my reflection, we really ARE quite fortunate to not be hungry very often or for very long. In fact, the U.S. may be one of the few nations where we eat in order to NOT be rather than when hungry …

    Transferring this to other good fortune, housing and clothing concerns are a non-issue for many as well. Borrowing from another, How can we live more simply so that others may simply live”?” Greg Spofford, Little Falls

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