In the movie Wonka’s mother had written: “It’s not the chocolate that matters. It’s who you share it with”. So it is, with the love of Christ. The point in the gospels is not that Jesus can work miracles. It is not for us to be astounded that Jesus can turn five loaves and two fish into enough for five thousand. That is amazing, but what Jesus does is feed people’s immediate needs, which is even more amazing. He doesn’t talk to them about spiritual things, or churchy things. He doesn’t point a finger and tell them how wrong they are. He doesn’t give a sermon about going to church. He doesn’t tell us what we are supposed to be upset about. He knows that we can’t talk about spiritual things until we take away people’s immediate emotional needs. When so much of the world is living at a mere survival level, how can we possibly talk about spiritual things? The important thing God wants us to do is to create a community of compassion where people care about one another. It’s not the feeding that matters, it is mostly the caring. Jesus never once talked about attending church services, but he talked constantly about loving others regardless of lifestyle. That is what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Being like Jesus is about loving others and not preaching about how we think they are wrong. It is not about having all the answers. It’s about loving the people. Colossians 3:12
I Love YOU!