Jesus never takes from us without blessing what we give him, and he never blesses it without multiplying it into something much bigger than we need.
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.
(3) He gives them to his disciples to share with others.
Love is the power that multiplies small blessings into big ones. Love begins with God, bears fruit in us, and becomes a gift for others. This is why children are a sign that we are open to God’s power to multiply a little into a lot: A love between a husband and wife becomes love shared with a family. At first, we think we don’t have enough love, finances, or time for children, but when children expand the family, God expands our ability to love. He even provides financial miracles to protect the family.
Whatever we offer to God, in the hands of Jesus it will multiply. God never neglects our needs; quite the opposite — he makes everything multiply. In abundance. Overflowing. But why do we need the overflow? We don’t, but others do. Blessings always come with a purpose that’s bigger than us. Jesus takes what we give him, blesses it, and gives it back to us in abundance so that we have something to share with others.
The love we receive from God is more than enough, so we share it with our sweetheart. The love we share with our sweetheart becomes more than we need as a couple, so we share it with children and others as well. The love we share as a family becomes the fullness of God working in the world, and thus the family changes the world.
- What am I doing with the blessings that God has given me?
- What is my sweetheart doing with the blessings that God has given him/her?
Strengthen your relationship:
Consider a situation you have experienced as a couple in which one or both of you felt inadequate, at the start. How did God bring blessings from that situation? How does this show the miracle of multiplication? End the discussion thanking God for the abundance of love that he has for you and the overflow that he shares with others through you.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries