In the Gospel today we hear the familiar story of Jesus using a few pieces of fish and bread to feed a crowd of 5000. Actually, the crowd probably numbered 10,000 to 20,000 with women and children included as only the men were counted at that time. And although this is a miracle indeed, I always wonder who brought the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish anyway? Someone in the crowd went out for the day to hear a famous preacher speak, only to find themselves giving up their dinner so the crowd could be fed. How many of us would have done that?
I also wonder what the person said when they gave away their food knowing they were hungry themselves? Did they give it freely? Did they object? We’ll never know because Scripture doesn’t record these details. But, we do know that whoever it was responded in the moment to God’s call to share what they had – and something wonderful happened. Whoever did this shows us how the most unexpected things can happen when we are open to God wanting to do something through us. With their small gesture to help, God did great things through this person whose name is forever lost to history.
Mother Teresa said that not all of us are called to go great things. Not everyone is called be a CEO or vice president of a major corporation. Not everyone is called to be a great athlete, solve the problem of world hunger, win a Nobel Peace Prize, or find a cure for cancer. But Mother Teresa did say “WE ARE ALL CALLED TO DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE.” What is God calling you to do? Not just with your life, but right now in this moment.
When we do even the little things, like give our lunch to someone who’s hungry, then we truly respond to Gods call doing small things each day with great love. May you have a Blessed week doing small things with great love.