When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’Matthew 14:14-16
By Bill Oligmueller
In this passage in Matthew its message of there will be enough for all gathered really is who Jesus was there for—everyone.
In attending a variety of churches of different denominations and growing up in the Catholic faith, it always seemed with communion someone was excluded: those not baptized, those not a member of this denomination of Christianity, etc. When my wife and I were dating we would attend a Saturday evening mass due partially to convenience of the time and not having get up on Sunday for mass, but also the priest. During Saturday evening mass, he did something not really allowed in the church, and that was inviting everyone to communion as long as they believed in the risen Savior. My wife’s family attended the Methodist church at the time, but since it was looked down upon as a Catholic attending another denominations services we went to Mass. By this show of grace by that priest, it really opened my eyes on whom Jesus was trying to minister to—everyone. The open table in the Methodist church is that same message that Jesus is there to feed and care for everyone, and he died for everyone, not just those who believed at that time, but for everyone. It is up to us to accept that sacrifice.
I would suggest and hope that you listen to Carrie Newcomer’s song- Room at the Table to help you contemplate and hear this message in a song.