As you prepare for this retreat, pause for a few moments and begin to relax. Take several deep breaths and rest in the loving presence of God.
Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to [his] disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied.
God's care for us extends beyond the farthest reaches of our imagination. Who but God could imagine feeding thousands of people with five loaves and a few fish? The generosity of God can't be outdone. By providing food for the multitudes, Jesus teaches us how our unconditional trust in God can turn the smallest gesture into a great grace. It would have been easier if Jesus had listened to the disciples and sent the people off. Instead he calls the disciples to step out of their comfort zone and do something that must have felt futile in the face of so many hungry people. Today Jesus asks us to do the same; allow God to show his care and generosity abundantly through our efforts.
When have I recently been surprised by the abundance and generosity of God?
How willing am I to step outside of my comfort zone to allow God to work through me?
(Speak to God, using these words or words of your own.)
Generous and loving God, your care for us has no limits. Increase my trust in you that I may be a sign of your Kingdom to the people I meet today.