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Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

February 20, 2011

Next we headed to Tabgha, the church believed to be the location where Jesus multiplied the five loaves and two fish.  Obviously it wasn’t a church at the time, but there is a rock there said to be the spot Jesus placed the meal to bless it.  Over the rock an altar had been built, and a famous mosaic containing two fish and a basket could be seen (from a distance behind a roped off area).  In the basket are four loaves…and we, the children of God, are said to be the fifth.  The church itself was simple and beautiful, but I noticed as we were being herded in that our leaders were directing us, saying, “the museum is in here”.

Our group had begun to feel like a herd of cattle being moved from one location to the next…quickly seeing one location, then back on the bus to move to the next.  It was starting to feel rushed and diminished in appeal.  Yet this statement was particularly disturbing when a location Jesus had performed a miracle had been reduced to a museum.  Yet it was true.  Worship was no longer held here, and groups were simply paraded through to see this highly venerated spot.  Bishop Watson had mentioned that this was one of the saddest places in his mind because of this reason.

Regardless, the mosaic inside was truly beautiful, and the symbolism of the body of Christ representing the fifth loaf makes me think even more how we can be bread for the world and continue to answer the call to go and feed God’s people.

 

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  1. March 9, 2011 5:53 pm

    the miracle of us being bread for the world is that we are cosumed by those who need us, and yet never used up. Because it is God supplying our very substance…

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