John 6:5-13 New Living Translation (NLT) 5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, "Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?" 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip replied, "Even if we worked for months, we wouldn't have enough money to feed them!" 8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up. 9 "There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?" 10 "Tell everyone to sit down," Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, "Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted." 13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.
So what really happened when Jesus fed the multitudes with five loaves and two fish. Let us read between the lines....
A multitude of people had come to hear Jesus teach on a hillside, far from any town or village. The narrative implies that Jesus' teaching went long and it was getting late. The major concern was where the people could find food. I find that odd, but let's go with it. We're asked to make the leap of faith that somehow over five thousand people took a day trip to hear Jesus speak and no one thought to pack a lunch, but a boy. So we have five thousand hungry souls milling around with a long walk home facing them and no food?
Jesus asked a young boy for his loaves and fish. The boy handed over his lunch to Jesus and Jesus fed the five thousand from that offering. I ask you now...what is taught by that interpretation of events? That Jesus went all Criss Angel Mindfreak on his followers and awed them with his magical powers? Or is there a deeper esoteric interpretation of this 'miracle'. Whether one views Jesus as a fictional character or real person...this story is circumspect. It has value.
Let us dispatch right off the bat the notion that five thousand people went to that country side without provisions for food and drink. Let us apply some informed human postulation that many of the 5000 traveled well prepared. Maybe some didn't or couldn't bring enough supplies and sustenance for their journey, but few came empty handed. Let us look past the fairy tale surface of this allegory to the transcendent interpretation.
Firstly, when it become known that there were many people there in need the young boy came forward and offered his basket. Do not let the significance that a youngster stepped forward be lost here. Young folks are not yet tainted with the self-centered cynicism of adults. This boy obviously took the message of Jesus to heart, give and ye' shall receive; so he stepped up and gave. Let us envision others following the lead of the boy...stepping up and giving out of their abundance. Everyone was provided for, not just enough...but enough for everyone to have their fill with the original giving exponentially increased as "left-over". That my friends is a much more powerful, meaningful transcendent lesson gleaned from the story of the loaves and fishes. The truth that no matter what things look like, there is always more than enough present for everyone to have their fill with overflowing and abundant leftover.
Apply to this lesson to the economics and resource distribution of the world. This link provides a sobering thumbnail on global poverty. Poverty in the U.S. isn't as grinding as poverty in Africa, India or some South American locations but it is just as paralyzing. Whether one experiences poverty as hand to mouth bare bones existence or the relatively less punishing debt servitude induced poverty, the fact remains that lives are crippled by lack of access to resources. Students in America are saddled with the equivalent of home mortgages as student loans for the degree required to land 'a good job', good jobs that are becoming rarer by the day. This link offers some insight to what awaits graduates saddled with student loan debt.
The notion of scarcity of resources and poverty as a baseline for existence is a fallacy. Everyone in the world could live in Australia on one seventh of an acre of land. The earth has more abundant resources than we've been led to believe. The problem is not supply...the problem is the distribution of mother earth's fruits. There is a relatively small but very well connected network of humans that have placed themselves between the fruits of our planet and the needs of human beings, they profit immensely from the induced poverty and carrot and stick manipulation of whole populations of people. The people who have placed themselves as gatekeepers to abundance, and who create poverty for their own enrichment have names and operate as Wall Street, central banks, Monsanto, the prison industrial complex, military industrial complex and governments etc.
Who will be 'the boy' that steps forward and offers his loaves and fish to those who are hungry? What would this step forward look like? How will the powers that be use the corporate owned media to denigrate and smear 'the boy'?
My friends...we're living through a very, very interesting period in human conscious development. My base line emotional state is optimism. I'm seeing evidence of 'the boy' stepping forward. Let us be heart based as humanity experiences the seismic shift from selfish grasping, competitive pursuits of the earth's abundance, to co-operative symbiotic prosperity for all. That my friends is where true independence is found...realizing ones inter-dependence on the whole.
New day dawning...