In the United States we consume far too much. The CDC reports that more than a third of all adults in the United States have a body mass index that classifies them as obese. 17% of children and adolescents are in the same condition.
When I read about Jesus feeding 5000+ beginning with just five loaves of bread and two fish, I can’t help but think of “all ate and were filled” through the eyes of our overstuffed stomachs and supersized meals.
Something in this week’s reading goes well beyond cultural views, however. It goes beyond the questions as to whether this is about food magically appearing out of a bottomless basket or if the real miracle is that Jesus got a group of 5000+ folks gathered to share what they had.
I think the “today” message of this week’s Bible reading is that worldwide, humankind is failing in our job to distribute what is enough for everyone.
What do you think?