They were a group brought together almost at random. The fate of the free world rested on their shoulders, they were given a great mission for the sake of the forces of Good. They represented all the free peoples of the known world, but they were not chosen evenly. The members of the group didn’t necessarily get along, arguing about their direction and goals from time to time. They lost their leader at the first big confrontation with the forces of Evil, split up shortly after that in confusion. Fellowship of the Ring didn’t last very long, but they knew what they did affected the greater mission and the fates of their companions. They accomplished their mission in spite of everything.
Jesus chose his Disciples almost at random: a few fishermen, a tax collector, a political extremist, and a few other guys who happened to be at the right place at the right time. He gave them a great mission. When the crowds come and they need to be fed, they thought about how to send people away, rather than think about what they could do. After all, it seemed impossible they could do anything. Jesus told them to feed the crowd themselves, which probably frightened them greatly. When they gathered what they could, He blessed their work and there was enough.
Our task is daunting at times, seemingly impossible, like Jesus’ challenge to his disciples. We are called to be the presence of christ in the world, to be living witnesses of His resurrection, be agents of healing, feed those who are hungry and clothe those who are naked. It’s a task that’s overwhelming. However, we must have faith in the one who sends us. If we let him bless out work, there will be enough.
Jesus feeds all of us every week what we need, right here, in the Eucharist. Our task may seem impossible, but through Christ everything is possible. Even though it seems like we can’t make a dent in the need, it will be enough. We have the proof from ancient times: Christ doesn’t send us out to try to do something futile. As long as we’re responding to Christ, giving him what we have to bless, there will be enough. We can feed the world.