Good News for the Day, January 7, 2019 Tuesday after Epiphany 213 When Jesus looked over the huge crowd, his heart felt moved with pity for them; they were like sheep with no shepherd. He began to teach them many things. It got late soon enough; his disciples approached him, "This is a remote place and it is already getting late. Let the people leave, so that they can go to some surrounding farms and villages and buy some food for themselves." He replied to them, "You give them some food yourselves." But they said to him, "Are we to buy half a year’s wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?" He asked, "How many loaves do you actually have? Go and check." When they had found out, they said, "Five loaves and a couple fish." So he directed them to have people sit down in groups on the green grass. People arranged themselves in spots—rows by hundreds and by fifties. Then, taking the five loaves and the pair of fish in his hands—and looking up to the sky—He said the customary prayer of blessing. He broke the loaves into pieces, and gave them to his aides to set before people; He divided the two fish up for everybody. Everybody ate and got full They picked up 12 wicker baskets full of bits left over—and what was left of the fish. Those who ate the bread included some five thousand males. (Mark 6) This tale—so memorable—we get it five times in the four Gospels—says something important, but easy to miss. Remember, Mark’s apostles and disciples—over and over –DO NOT GET IT. The more you read this Gospel, the more you grow aware that this Gospel serves to remind us that you and I miss it too! The point here is not a “miracle that proves Jesus is God.” If it were that—Mark’s Gospel could end right here. That might be how many folks read it, hear it, and stop, too. Maybe it is there. but it seems more a deeper Message—that addresses your heart and soul today—your outlook, spirit, and growth. Perhaps it is what you can do for the people around you—the Sharing—that if you start with what you got—it is amazing what happens when you Share. It multiplies—your love, patience, calm, joy and humility—to Share the Bread of Life. (Selfish clutching to oneself begets rage, fear and division). Grateful prayer drives you to share…. A Child of God—you Break off pieces of your Self—your Gift. You feed others and your goodness multiplies out there—beyond your dreams—miraculously. You get from God, a little bread and fish—your talents—and then you see them ripple outward—feeding so many hungry hearts with your care, your empathy.