Faith and Family for June 23: Loaves and Fishes
Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God,
and he healed those who needed to be cured.
As the day was drawing to a close,
the Twelve approached him and said,
“Dismiss the crowd
so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms
and find lodging and provisions;
for we are in a deserted place here.”
He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.”
When Jesus Broke the Rules
What do you do when you know what is right, but the rules forbid it? This question lies at the center of a story when Jesus is, according to this account, somewhat entrapped by the Pharisees; they are apparently looking for any excuse to silence and get rid of him.
The motive of the onlookers is made plain: “They watched him…so that they might accuse him” (Mark 3:2). The priorities of God in Jesus and priorities of those concerned with maintaining the status quo clearly surface: