The feeding of the five thousand
By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)
According to Mark 6:-34-44. The story can be read on several levels.
It is a foretaste of the
Eucharist, the disciples gathered round Jesus as the new Israel (12
baskets for the 12 tribes) for a fully satisfying meal, the messianic
banquet. Jesus is the good shepherd who feeds his flock, according
to Psalm 23, on the green pastures beside the restful waters of the
Lake of Galilee. Jesus is the prophet like Moses who provides manna
for his people in the desert, or more exactly like Elisha in 2 Kings 4
. The story is recounted in terms which
deliberately recall these and other biblical scenes, concentrating
more on the meaning than on the historical facts. There must, of
course, have been a wonderful feeding at the base of the story, but it
is difficult to re-establish exactly what this was.