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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 2, 2016

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SATURDAY, January 2

John 6:5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?”

John’s Gospel suggests that Jesus poses this question to test the disciples, but I wonder if Jesus is just thinking out loud: How are we going to feed all these people?

Jesus is concerned with our spiritual lives, of course, but he is also concerned with the practical considerations of how we live in the world. Jesus wants to know: How are we going to feed the hungry and clothe the naked? We should want to know the answers to these questions.

In this story, the answer was not simply about solving a problem. Jesus’ question leads us to ask something deeper about how our systems work, or don’t work. Hunger, likewise, is a problem that is simple on the surface but turns out to be complicated. Then as now, we cannot simply go and buy bread for all the hungry people in the world. So, how will we feed all these people? What broken systems keep food from the hungry and clothes from the naked? These simple, straightforward questions lead us to the beginnings of change—toward building the kingdom of God.

PRAY for the Diocese of Aba (Niger Delta, Nigeria)

Ps 34 * 33; 1 Kings 19:1-8; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:1-14



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