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No, You

January 10, 2017

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

— Howard Thurman

One of the best-known miracle scenes in the Bible:

Jesus tried to slip away to an out-of-the-way place by himself. But unsuccessfully—someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity and healed their sick.

Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.”

Jesus said, “No, you feed them.” 

“All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said.

 Jesus said, “Bring them here.” Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed. (Matthew 14:13-21)

The pattern is clear.

The directions from Christ haven’t changed.

On this fourth day after Epiphany, “the work of Christmas” is the same: “to feed the hungry.”

Won’t Jesus do that?

Jesus still says, “No, you feed them.”

 

 

 

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