Mark 6:34-44 relates the event of Jesus feeding 5,000 men plus women and children from five loaves of bread, probably more like hot dog buns, and two fish, all of which was to be the lunch for one young boy. We read, "And taking the five laves and the two fish He looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and He divided the two fish among them all.".
Before this, the disciples told Jesus to send the people away so that they can buy bread for themselves, even recognizing that it is late and this was a lonely place. When Jesus told them, "You give them something to eat.", they wondered how this could be done, especially since they found only one lunch of five loaves and two fish. Forgetting that their master is Jesus, they wonder how this can satisfy all of the people.
Many times, the world asks similar questions today. In our highly technological society, many are not able to imagine living without it. When our children were young, they asked how many television channels we had when we were growing up. They were astonished when we told them we did not have television. I was 16 before we got our own telephone, and then only one phone on the wall. Long distance calls were very expensive and used very sparingly.
But what does this have to do with Jesus feeding the 5,000? The more that technology increases, the more people become addicted to it. Compare the time people spend texting with the time talking with others. Compare the time spent on electronic media with the time spent in prayer, reading the Word of God and worship. The unusual paradox with technology is that while it seems to offer us the ability to be closer, we are actually more lonely and feel distant from each other; while it offers faster, we have less time because we are busier than ever.
The disciples wanted others to take care of the situation. Cain's question about being a brother's keeper was answered with an emphatic "NO." Have we, like the disciples, forgotten whose we are? Have we forgotten the invitation to follow Him? Have we lost the meaning of "Love one another as I have loved you."? If it does not compute, do we delete? Let us thank God that Jesus did not delete us. Let us take time for individuals and their needs, serving in the name of Jesus. Remember, the disciples gave to the 5,000+ and still had twelve baskets full left over.