I sometimes wonder if, like Herod, we are all haunted by what we kill. And there are many ways to kill someone - like silence, writing them off, ruining their reputation, refusing warmth or forgiveness or love ......
Herod has killed John and Jesus is next on his hit list, so he withdraws to the deserts that are of no interest to the rich and powerful. The crowds follow the man who needs solitude, yet, as they move towards Him, He moves towards them. Misery meets Mercy and this mercy flows as healing, as God's Presence and care.
But now they are hungry, and it is the disciples turn to become anxious. They ask Him to send them away. To their surprise, He asks them to give them something to eat. And they tell him they have 'nothing' but five and two. Disciples usually tell God they don't have enough. But five plus two is a sacred Seven, and the seven reminds them that everything they have is a gift from God. Jesus asks them to see with His eyes, and when they do, the desert becomes a garden.
Jesus takes the five and two. He gives thanks to God for it. His gratitude overflows and this abundance of the Spirit, the Sacred 12, teaches the disciple that where the Spirit moves, there is never not enough to satisfy.
The Divine teacher teaches us all that we have two choices. Look at what we have or what we don't have. Our answer will determine what is possible!
Knowing what we have is the first step in spiritual transfiguration. Jesus asks us to bring that to Him. He gives thanks for what we have. This is the second step. The third is to give it all away to those who will, in turn, give it to others.
And so, the next time we find ourselves in the desert (and we will!) we will know what to do.