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 people. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed.
Is it easy to share? When is it harder to share what you have? Why?
Ask your children to share their thoughts on the Gospel.
Jesus, you took a little bread, Jesus you took a little fish, you blessed them, you broke them, and fed many people, until they were full.
Jesus, take us, Jesus, take our little lives, please bless them, please break them, and feed us, until we are full.
Jesus, take our small resources, Jesus, take our precious days. Please bless them, please use them, to bring many, many people into your kingdom. Amen.
To whom could you bring the assurance of Christ’s love this week?
Secondary Students (based on ‘The Connection’ taken from ‘Equipped!’ in ‘Sunday Gospel’)
How can young people who struggle with self-doubt build their confidence?
Jesus fed the crowds today. How does he offer you spiritual nourishment?
Help someone to experience the abundant life of Christ. Tutor someone who wants to learn. Visit an aging neighbour. Feed the hungry. Comfort someone in sickness or distress. Forgive a person who’s wronged you. Call a family member or friend who needs support and encouragement. Post a positive comment. “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them something to eat”.