On the northern shores of the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) at Tabgha stands a beautiful church that is built on the foundations of an ancient church. The well-preserved mosaic floor of the ancient church depicts five loaves and two fish.
The Gospel Reading for Sunday July 31 recounts the familiar and popular miracle when Jesus fed more than 5,000 people there with five loaves of bread and two fish.
Jesus’ disciples were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the need. “Send them away”, they told Jesus. “You give them something to eat”, Jesus responded (Mtt.14: 15 -16). While it appeared to the disciples to be an impossible situation, Jesus looked at the resources they had.
This story is yet another way of looking at the Appreciative Inquiry systems thinking endeavor that is underway in Cincinnati. There are five loaves of bread and two fishes here and there. These are the assets that will produce miracles.
On Friday July 29, the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care for the Homeless offered a 2 credit hour course on “Health Issues Among the Homeless”. It was free and offered valuable information on simple preventive lifestyle practices that can enhance the well being of everyone in the community.
It turns out, there are many similar opportunities available throughout the community all year round. Instead of an attitude of “send them away” we can harness the assets that we have to transform the community into what we desire it to be
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