Collect fragments: poetic reflection on John 6: 1-15
Daily Office Readings for Friday, January 28, 2022: AM Psalm 40, 54; PM Psalm 51
Gen. 17: 15-27; I have. 10: 11-25; John 6: 1-15
“Pick up the remaining fragments so that nothing is lost.”
I always wondered
what has become
of those twelve baskets of bread crumbs.
Did the students bring anything with them,
a lot on the way
I’m allowed to take it home
some food for my dinner
to volunteer in the pantry?
Did they treat themselves to one of the baskets,
laughing, laughing and calm
in mild disbelief?
Did they give them all,
how did people go with the crowd?
Did they take anything to the synagogue
and cast them into the altar as a tithing,
“Praise for God’s goodness?”
Maybe a bigger miracle
it was not the transformation of the five loaves
and two fish
in something more.
Maybe it is
somehow managed to collect all the crumbs,
and not a crumb was left behind …
Is it possible that every crumb
found its way into the human digestive tract?
Because none of us, as far as I know,
has ever succeeded
to gather all the crumbs
And we stayed
to our own imagination
to speculate on the fate of crumbs.
that this story
is so much about
leaving no one behind
even if the world sees a “crumb”
in the end,
crumbs are what make abundance?
Maria Evans shares her week between the pathologist and the director of the laboratory in Kirksville, MO, and with the gratitude of the service in Episcopal Dioces of Missouri as a temporary priest in Trinity-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hannibal, MO.