Journey and return, feeding of 5 000, controversy (Mk 6:30-44)
This passage features the fantastic manifestation identity of Jesus Christ, the son of God who always feed us abundantly. This passage challenged me as I am in Markan community, personally and professionally as a teacher.
If I am in Markan community, this miracle of the bread reveals that Jesus is as powerful as the loving God of Moses according to Exodus, who provided food anytime. Jesus showed sympathy to people when he said, “ for they were like sheep without a shepherd” (verse 34). If I am in Jesus side during this time, I will believe that Jesus is a good shepherd who has compassion and providence with His needy flock. In verse 41, “Jesus took the five loaves of bread and the two fishes looked up to heaven pronounce a blessing and gave thanks to God.” This verse reveals that Jesus is like God Himself who is life-giving and cares for hungry crowds.
Personally, this passage reminds me of my experience during the in celebration of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. I feel like He will not abandon me anytime and He will provide all my needs as I do the things right. When God gives He always gives over-abundantly. He will always provide more than what I need, for me to restore my dignity as a human being. As I have the privileged to have all the food more than what I need, in return I can make a difference by sharing to the less fortunate.
As a teacher, to become a good shepherd to the students is a big challenged for me. It requires more time to take care and be watchful of my students’ holistic development. It requires commitment, energy and challenges. I should dedicate myself to provide students with the knowledge, skills, spiritual formation and character development they will need to become successful in life. My commitment is to guide students to understand that learning the subject areas like mathematics, Language, Science and others is not for their own sake or for my sake as their...