2000 years apart, our cultures share an overwhelming feeling of scarcity. We’re fed the fear that we won’t have or be enough. Empire teaches us that scarcity is real because it serves the interest of banks, credit cards, security companies, gun manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, union busters, and peddlers of cheap, disposable crap for us to be afraid and needy.
When Jesus gathered with the multitudes at the Sea of Galilee they were afraid of scarcity, too. Peasants and farmers, they were squeezed between small incomes and hefty taxes, to both Roman Empire and the Temple. They were hungry, without money to go to town and buy food, and we know hunger brings out the worst in most of us. But Jesus inspired a miracle of sharing. His friends and followers trusted him when he asked for their food, and as he lifted it to heaven and showed all the people that there was food coming for them, suddenly the food came pouring forth from all who gathered by the Sea.
We just might not share on our own, not in the midst of scarcity and hunger and worry about tomorrow. But when Jesus lifts high a new reality, five loaves of trust and two fish of hope, we are inspired to open our hands and hearts. Jesus doesn’t turn stones into food or water into wine or call forth manna from heaven. Jesus turns what is already present into more than enough be inspiring the miracle of sharing within each heart by the Sea of Galilee...."