You may not realize it, but Jesus spent a lot of time breaking bread with his followers. One of His most well-known miracles was the feeding of the 5,000. People had gathered to hear him speak, but evening approached, and his disciples asked that he send the crowd away to find food.
But Jesus wanted this opportunity for community to continue. He asks the disciples to feed everyone. When they express that they only have five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus blesses the food and asks them to hand it out. All 5,000 people were fed and twelve basketfuls of food were picked up after.
We were created in the image of God, and throughout the Bible we’re reminded of how much He wants a relationship with us because we’re valuable to Him. We live in a very lonely society – statistically 1 in 5 Canadians identify as being lonely. We have countless ways to connect with one another, but we choose to exist in ways that avoid connection. We fill our empty moments with entertainment rather than conversation. A meal intended to be spent together can be spent staring at cell phones, liking the activities of those far away from us while taking for granted those close by.
But God wants us to see each other how He sees us, created and loved. Each one of us is divinely and uniquely inspired, and the command to love our neighbour is an invitation into getting to know God’s favourite creation.
And God wants this love for you as much as He wants you to offer it to others. This is part of the purpose of our church communities. They are a place for us to find family and support as we face the trials of life.