Jesus could have made a feast appear magically out of nowhere, but he didn’t. He started with the food that was on hand: the loaves and fishes. From that he created a miraculous feast. And when the people had finished eating, there was much food left over.

St. Ignatius would tell us to begin where we are, with what we have. Whatever we possess comes to us through God’s mercy and abundance. We express gratitude for those few loaves and fishes, and we share them through compassion to help others. The miracle happens within the mundane, which we energize with faith and generosity.

What do I have today that might be the beginning of a miracle?

—Vinita Wright serves as Managing Editor, New Product Development at Loyola Press, Chicago, IL.