This is the story we read in Mark. The disciples were concerned with the time advanced and the fact that the crowd did not have food. Then Jesus said, “Give ye them to eat.” But the disciples argued that it would take much money to feed a crowd of nearly 5,000 men, women and children out. I guess some 8000 people were present at least. Jesus then said to his disciples, “How many loaves have you? Go see it.” And the disciples went out asking, “Does anyone have bread around?” Peter asked around, and James asked, John went further. Until Andrew brought to Jesus a boy who had five loaves and two fish and said, “but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:8, 9)
Often I come across people who think they cannot afford to be more useful in the work, or think that they can offer very little. For God it does not matter if what you offer is too much or too little. The LITTLE IN THE HAND OF GOD BECOMES A LOT. What matters to God is that you give with a cheerful heart to be able to serve. “God loves a cheerful giver.
It may be that in the crowd of about 8000 people, others had two loaves of bread, or a fish, or some brown sugar, but kept quiet because they thought: “What are they among so many?”. But the boy was exposed without fear. He said to Andrew: “I have here five loaves and two fish; you may take it to the Lord.” You know the result?
That night the boy came home with 12 large baskets full of loaves and fish. That was what was left of the multiplication of the Lord. I do not know what the family has made many loaves and fish. If sold in the market, they’ve have made good money.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:24-25
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
May God bless you!
Bpª Rúbia de Sousa