Mark 6:41-42 – Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied. (NIV)
I volunteer at a food bank, sponsored by local churches and by freewill donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals in our community. It is satisfying and humbling to help these people who are temporarily in need. As I bag groceries, I am always reminded of Jesus feeding the multitudes with the loaves and fishes provided by the boy who generously shared his lunch. Jesus knew what human need was. These people were seeking spiritual food from Christ, yet he knew that their physical bodies needed nourishment also. Our food bank offers spiritual nourishment along with the bags of food.
We live today in a technological world that is advanced far beyond anything previously known, yet we still have people suffering from hunger — both physical and spiritual.
As Christians, we are called to minister to these people in need. We cannot remain aloof from their needs and be true to Christ and His teachings. Just as Jesus fed the hungry long ago, He calls on us to help feed both the physical and spiritual needs of people today.
Prayer: Lord, use us to minister to the needs of the suffering and the lost today. Give us understanding of the needs of the poor today and the wisdom to know how to help them. Help us to see them as whole people needing physical, mental, and spiritual help. Show us Your way. Amen.