The miracle of the loaves

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat, he summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.” His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?” Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied. He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also. They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over – seven baskets. There were about four thousand people.[1]

In this Biblical story, four thousand people ate and were satisfied, with seven baskets of food left over, after seven loaves of bread and a few fish were distributed among them.

The miracle of the loaves teaches us that there are things which we can share, without losing them. A beautiful story, for instance. Or useful knowledge. They are, after all, food for the mind. Like the miraculous fish and loaves of bread, we can start with little, share them with others, feed thousands, and end up with more than we started with.

Everytime we share knowledge with the hungry, a book or a tape with friends, we are celebrating the miracle of the loaves

(Chapter 1, Towards a Political Economy of Information by Roberto Verzola)

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