2 Corinthians 9: 10-11
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.
Reflection: Food itself has not always been an interest of mine. Growing up, I can remember a few favorite foods, a few favorite restaurants, but it was never a focus for me. We always had enough that I could eat until satisfied, and never had to worry about what my next meal would be (let alone when my next meal would come). Some of my strongest memories don’t pertain to the food itself, but to the company and presence of others during the meal. Breaking bread together helps not only satisfy our physical hunger, but also our longing for community and friendship. Eating together provides a brief moment of respite in an otherwise chaotic day, where the focus is on being together, and being present. It is a chance to be part of a family, a group of friends, or a community.
Even if not one word is spoken, it is a chance for us to belong, and even silently calm each other’s inner storms and struggles. While food is not necessarily the key focus, it is a key enabler to these interactions and experiences. Now imagine if you lacked food security, or did not know when your next meal would come. With food insecurity, we are deprived not only of the satisfaction of our physical hunger, but also our need to feel part of a community, a friendship, a place to belong. This can do just as much damage to our spiritual and emotional health as hunger can do to our physical health.
Prayer: Gracious God, help us to supply seed to the sower and bread for food, that we may not only help satisfy those who suffer from physical hunger but also those who suffer from spiritual hunger. Amen.