Potluck on the Mountain

Reflection for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time by Sr. Marie Lucey.

This reflection was originally posted in our July 20th newsletter


One thing we know about a potluck supper, there is always more than enough. Each brings one dish which is multiplied through sharing. In this Sunday’s scripture readings, an apparently insufficient amount of food to feed a multitude is multiplied and there is food left over. Elisha insists that twenty barley loaves be distributed among a hundred people, and there was more than enough “as the Lord had said.” Jesus works with even less food, five loaves and two fish offered by a young boy to feed five thousand. At the end of a busy day, Jesus has the people recline on the grass, picnic style, and serves up a potluck supper. Whether he actually increases the few loaves and fish or encourages people to share the bit they brought for themselves, the miracle is the same-share what you have and there will be enough, even more than enough.

In our world today, millions of people are hungry due to drought, poverty, migration to escape violence. At the same time, tons of food are wasted every day. Caring, sharing, and putting an end to wastefulness will go a long way toward feeding hungry people, wherever they are. At the same time, the human family must address the root causes of hunger, work to reduce poverty and violence, provide assistance to people to cultivate their own food, and shoulder the challenges of climate change. The lessons of today’s scriptures are not limited to feeding the physically hungry. When confronted by spiritual, emotional, and other human hungers, my gift may seem small and inadequate. This must not be an excuse for not sharing it, trusting in the Giver of the gift to multiply it so it becomes more than enough.

Sr. Marie LuceyFAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations

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