A Consecrated Imagination

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 8:1-10

Seven loaves and a few small fish will barely feed four people, no less four thousand. But for Jesus, the Bread of Life, it’s more than enough. There are even some leftovers.

The miracle is prompted by a consecrated imagination. “I have compassion on the crowd,” says Jesus, “because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat.” Jesus has sympathy on the crowd. He imagines what it is like to go three days without food. He even imagines what will happen to the people if he sends them away hungry: “If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way.” Jesus knew that people have stomachs as well as souls.

Shelly has a penetrating phrase, “The creative faculty to imagine what we know.” We more readily help people when first we imagine their situation. How’s your imagination? Imagine what it’s like to be a single parent. Imagine what it’s like to be “dirt poor.” Imagine what it’s like to have your soul pounded daily on the anvils of prejudice.

Jesus imagined how hungry the people were, and he fed them. Go and do the same.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, help me to imagine what other people are going through, and then let me respond as you would. Amen.