Loaves and Fish — Mark 6: 30-44; Mark 8: 1-10

The difference between
turning stones into bread
and turning bread into a lot of bread
is all the difference in the world
because we can do it.

And this miracle –
the only one told by all the gospels
and told twice by the first three –
names the ubiquity of generosity
in the presence of hope.

It probably happened every other week –
fantastic magic and
a surrender of hidden sandwiches,
both a miracle.

True multiplication, is not
that people had what they needed,
the daily bread,
we pray about and mean
food and health,
justice, education, care for the earth,
safety, new birth and gentle death,

but that there were leftovers,
twelve baskets, seven baskets –
the deep and yeasty,
responsibility
to feed everyone in the world
what we eat —
catfish on the grill, kale and quinoa,
dumpster dinner —

not just today, but tomorrow.

Unidentified. Hand of God with loaves and fish, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55897 [retrieved March 2, 2018]. Original source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arenamontanus/2313539134.

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3 Responses to Loaves and Fish — Mark 6: 30-44; Mark 8: 1-10

  1. Karen, this is the passage I was preaching on early in my career when I still believed, like Thomas Jefferson and my father the chemical engineer, that every miracle in the Bible could be explained, and, during the sermon decided that it didn’t matter that it COULD be explained….it WAS miraculous.

  2. Maren says:

    Smile! I am married to a man named Donald — who often ends up being “Download”! Thank you for the memory and insight. I love the fact that this story is a “yes and yes” story as a miracle.

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