Matthew 15:30-32,34-37 NRSVue

30Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the maimed, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, 31so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

32Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat, and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” 34Jesus asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37And all of them ate and were filled, and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.

Some thoughts on this scripture

I imagine the crowd, with everyone bringing their problems to Jesus. The people who approach him have an illness, or are accompanying a person with an illness. What problem might I bring, and how does Jesus deal with it? Is this how I deal with the problems that others bring to me?

Jesus takes in the bigger picture: he is in touch with our basic human need for nourishment. What joy he must have had in providing this party in the wilderness! Everything is for sharing; how might I be glad to share what I can? What does my bread and fish look like?