In the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes (Matthew 14:13-21), Jesus made three gestures that, when put together in a marriage or pre-marital relationship, multiplies the love we already experience with our sweetheart to make it even more fulfilling. (1) He takes a little bread and fish. (2) He blesses them. (3) He gives them to his disciples to share with others.
In this 3-part reflection, we will explore the meaning of each gesture for our relationship with our beloved.
(1) He takes a little bread and fish.
Jesus doesn’t give us everything we need, by himself, with no effort from us. He says, “What can you give me? What do you have right now?” And he gladly accepts whatever we give him, no matter how small and seemingly insufficient.
He takes our offering very seriously, believing in its importance. Jesus knows its potential. He knows the good that can be done with it. He knows how he can build on it and multiply it.
Jesus never complains about the smallness of our offerings. He never discredits the dignity of anyone. We each are very important to him, and he values even our smallest contributions toward his plans for our marriage.
When we realize that this is how he treats us, we find ourselves more capable of treating our beloved the same way. Our patience increases, our trust grows because we can trust Jesus to turn even bad circumstances into blessings, and our understanding of our beloved becomes filled with more insights and compassion.
In other words, God’s radical love for us multiplies our love for our sweetheart, which opens his/her heart to love us more. And if he/she is also giving to and receiving from Jesus, the exchange of love multiplies exponentially.
- What do I feel is too little in me? What about me is insufficient?
- What frustrates me about my beloved because I need more than what he/she is giving to me? How can I turn this insufficiency over to Jesus?
Strengthen your relationship:
Recall a time when you felt Jesus gave you more than you gave to him. Tell your sweetheart what that was like. How does this story help you in a situation you’re concerned about today? Name something that’s good-but-too-little in your relationship and pray about it together, asking Jesus to multiply it through his love.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries