I love today’s readings from the lectionary, because I love to eat. The First Reading describes “a feast of rich food” that God provides for his people. In the Gospel Jesus feeds the crowd with seven divinely blessed loaves and a few fish. The tone of both readings suggests that everyone is happy, particularly the lame who can now walk and the blind who now see and the whole crowd that goes home with full stomachs. Many of our best Biblical stories involve food. God and food go together attested by Jesus Christ, who said “I am the Bread of Life.” Bearing the name of Christ, we Christians want to follow the example of Jesus who provided food. Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred hungry people, then feed just one.” Today choose to feed at least one person.
Dr. Seuss said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” I believe things will get better and believe they already are. We are on our way to a world where God’s kingdom will be ever more visible, for we constantly pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Along with prayer, we sacrifice, serve, perform works of mercy. Some day “the calf and the young lion shall browse together.” Peace, unity, right relationships will prevail. It’s coming, but we have to help it along. We need to “care a whole awful lot.” What act of caring will you choose today?