The way St. John tells the story of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (the one miracle common to all four gospel writers) has a particularly poignant line. After the apostle Andrew tells Jesus that there is a boy with five loaves and two fish he adds: “but what good are these for so many!” Of course, as the story turns out, those five loaves and two fish were enough for Jesus to work with. That is our story as well. When we see all of the problems out there — war, violence, racism, injustice, poverty — we can feel overwhelmed. But as the story reminds us, Jesus can multiply even the little bit we are able to contribute to deal with a multitude of problems.