Jesus and the child’s offering

Look and be curious – number 7 of our prayer series

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Come Holy Spirit meet us at our crossroads.

Read the text with an open mind

Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him. Jesus said to Philip. “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him. “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “make the people sit down”. Now there was a great deal of grass in the place, so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.

John 6.3, 5-13

Listen for a word with a willing heart

Respond with prayer and action

Providing God, help us ot recognise what children and young people are bringing to your Church so that the hungry may be fed. May we lose nothing of their openness and engagement and may we too discover a childlike joy sharing your gifts with all who are in need and blessing them in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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