March 5, 2004Email to a FriendPrint
Today’s Reading: John 6:1-24 & Psalm 37
Philip answered Him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” John 6:7
When we view Philip in comparison to other disciples—Matthew, John, Peter—he comes out looking rather run-of-the-mill. Rather ordinary. But still, I believe he has something very definite to say to us.
Think about the time Jesus had a hungry crowd of 5,000 at His feet. Philip was there; doing the same thing we often do—seeing only the problem. The balance in the disciples’ treasury was not large enough to buy even a little food for each person. The lad in the crowd with his five loaves and two fish couldn’t possibly help feed these people. Philip didn’t have a clue as to what Jesus could do with one little boy’s lunch, did he?
We have a lot in common with Philip. We’re convinced we just don’t have enough. But, as with the 5,000 and with the disciples, so also with us. God, through Christ, continues to help at the right time … His time. He knows our needs. He knows the best time to act. And He knows what resources He has given to us … even if we have forgotten.
Think of that young boy. He obviously trusted Jesus. Jesus multiplied his two loaves and five fish. Philip might be among the loudest to remind us that miraculous things can still happen to the lunches of little boys—and little girls—when given to Jesus. And the “lunches” of big boys and big girls can also do great things when they are placed at the foot of His cross.
Heavenly Father, from whom we receive all we need for this body and life, clear away our doubts so that we may use the talents and resources You have given us to the glory of Your name and for the benefit of Your church on earth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Pick up your “five loaves and two fish” and place them in the hands of your Lord.