Eighteenth Sunday of Year A 

2nd August 2020

When numbers numb....            

Matt 13.14-21

Just like the disciples we can be scared by the sheer scale of other people’s needs. They panicked when they saw 5,000 hungry people, and wanted to disperse them.

We panic when we imagine trying to feed the growing number of hungry families in Birmingham or Solihull.......

We panic at the prospect of how to live life every day under the threat of Covid 19 for the next seven years......

We panic when trying to meet the needs of our own family …. my brother’s drug problem…… my sister’s need for reassurance…. my son’s financial problems.. etc. It is all just too much.

And it really is too much for us, for alone we can do nothing. The needs of the human race are beyond us. But once upon a time on a hillside in Galilee a humble boy offered to give five loaves and two fish, and left the multiplication to Jesus.

During lockdown, humble people have been doing this all the time ... giving the little they had and leaving the rest to the Lord ....

Think of the grandad who called the grandchildren everyday ... The cleaner who never stopped working.... the carer who never stopped caring ....

So with us: whatever little thing we can do for our brothers and sisters at home or abroad, we do it with faith and hand it over to the Lord. The mathematics are then in his hands.

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