We’re studying Luke’s Gospel in our Wednesday morning Bible study, and this morning we’ll cover the Feeding of the 5000 (Luke 9.10-17). The Apostles want Jesus to send the people away so they can find food and lodging, but Jesus instead says to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they despair. They have so little to give.

I think that’s a lesson on the office of the holy ministry. It’s the task of the minister to give the people something to eat – as Jesus would say after His resurrection, “Feed my sheep.” But the minister has nothing of himself that is worth giving. The only solution is to give them what comes from Christ. He takes the bread, gives thanks, and gives it to the disciples, who then pass on what they have received to the people.

It is said that some old pulpits had inscribed the words from John 12, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Perhaps we should carve into our pulpits also these words: “Give them something to eat.”