Tea Break

Tea represents an extended moment spent with someone we value. It usually includes amicabilitea, hospitalitea, and confidentialitea. Here is a story of a large communal meal where Jesus performed the miracle of people contributing what they had for the sake of everyone.

Mark 8.1-10

. . . there was a great crowd with Jesus that had nothing to eat. So Jesus called his followers and said, “I feel sorry for these people, because they have already been with me for three days, and they have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way. Some of them live a long way from here.”

Jesus’ followers answered, “How can we get enough bread to feed all these people? We are far away from any town.”

Jesus asked, “How many loaves of bread do you have?”

They answered, “Seven.”

Jesus told the people to sit on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, gave thanks to God, and divided the bread. He gave the pieces to his followers to give to the people, and they did so. The followers also had a few small fish. After Jesus gave thanks for the fish, he told his followers to give them to the people also. All the people ate and were satisfied. Then his followers filled seven baskets with the leftover pieces of food. There were about four thousand people who ate. After they had eaten, Jesus sent them home.

He sent them home. After some radical hospitalitea. Take thought of the effect you have on others when you provide for them. Even over a cuppa.