12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14 (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
What a miracle of sharing. We sometimes hear it said that God grants the increase. This is what happened here. From a small not very auspicious beginning through the Grace of God something wonderful happened and everyone was fed. So too for us. In Jesus great things can happen in our lives and in the life of our church. When they do we of little faith can be caught by surprise.
Lord give me the grace to expect great things through you and the grace to attempt great things for you. Let me be surprised by You and the miracle of grace flowing from You to all around, through the ministry and outreach of our church.