Friday of the Second Week of Easter
An alternative interpretation of this text of the multiplication of the loaves and fish suggests that the real miracle was not of ‘creating’ bread and fish, but of ‘opening’ the hearts and minds of all those gathered to share the little they had. So the miracle is more about sharing than creating.
Everyone gathered from afar would certainly have had something to eat. However, it would have been only for themselves. If a small boy could have so much (five loaves and 2 fish) how much more would each adult have! The miracle begins when that small boy generously comes forward to share what he had. All that Jesus does is opens the hearts of each one to share with others whatever they had. The result: not only is there enough for everyone, there is also much leftover.
In our world today there is enough for everyone to eat, drink and grow healthy, fit and strong. However, it is most often the greed of a few that causes starvation and deprivation. Jesus is always with us. We only need to open our hearts in generosity with the little we have to those around us, He will do the rest.