WAY #30. Feed Them Matthew 14:16 Tuesday 8 April Julie Morsillo
Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’
The disciples thought it was all too hard. Crowds of people following Jesus and hanging onto his every word all day long.
Time to send them away, time to send them back home, and time to took after themselves.
Jesus says, No, don’t send them away.
Time to feed them. Time to look after them. Time to offer them hospitality.
Time to care for others, even when we are feeling tired ourselves.
Jesus could be reminding us that hospitality needs to goes further than just caring for our own needs and those of our immediate family and close friends. Hospitality is to be extended to those who are strangers, those you need healing, those who are lost and have no home.
Do we extend our hospitality to those strangers who are in need of care?
Do our church communities reach out to the needy?
Do our government systems reach out to those most in need?
On Sunday in our church community, we reflected on how we are trying to reach out in hospitality to our neighbours and those in need. We smiled to remember that at our Neighbour Day Garden Party the previous Sunday, actual neighbours, three young women, were drawn to the live guitar music (thanks Rory Chambers) being playing in our garden and were fascinated by the Mosaic Studio in our church sanctuary (thanks Pastor Enes – https://www.facebook.com/thestudiomoreland). Maybe they enjoyed the cupcakes too!
May we feed those in need and feed their souls.
– Julie Morsillo