might not have happened
if that gathering had occurred
in modern times.
“Don’t tax us, Jesus! Everything we have
in Judas’ bag would not begin to meet the need.
Don’t tax us Jesus! We are nearly broke.”
money, by the way, given to support their master –
to feed as many as they could;
to share “their wealth” to feed the poor.
would meet the needs of thousands.
Not so! It was instead a child’s
instinctive wish to do what he could do.
who failed to plan for their provision,”
is just an echo of the words
of Jesus’ stingy, faithless followers.
on auto dealer’s lots, at water parks,
resorts, and theaters, but clutch it to our side
when asked to feed and house the needy.
I made it on my own and they can too.
I’m broke, I’m broke . . . I made it on my own . . .
I’m broke, I’m broke . . . I made it . . .”
we need to share our final loaves and fishes –
gifts not to feed a hopeless cause –
gifts, instead, to seed a miracle.