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‘But what is that between so many?’

‘But what is that between so many?’

As we emerged from the veg patch with our poor, blighted crop of early potatoes the other day, I was reminded of this line from last Sunday’s Gospel:

‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’


What indeed!  So why did Andrew bring the small boy and his packed lunch to Jesus?  In human terms, it’s laughable: in a parallel situation, such a suggestion may have met with derision and scorn, so why did Andrew take the risk?   Andrew had witnessed Jesus’ first miracle at Cana and, even if he didn’t personally witness those at Capernaum and Bethesda he would have known about them.  He must have had some inkling by now that Jesus could do something with this small offering.

‘But what is that between so many?’

One can imagine Andrew almost saying those words to himself as he gazes at the hungry masses but through those words, St Andrew has set us an example to follow.  All too often, we think nothing of what we have to offer – too small to be of any worth, perhaps.  But there is nothing we can bring to God that he can’t use for good.  No matter how small our offering, no matter how seemingly inappropriate the ‘gift’.  If we bring it to God, he can make something of it, where alone, we can do nothing.

Let us pray today for the grace to offer all that we have and all that we do to God the Father through Jesus his son, so that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we may bring glory to God.

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