Yesterday I read this very short story by Peter Rollins that felt to me like a punch in the stomach. It has been on my mind ever since; and today I received an e-mail from Tearfund asking me to take action to end food waste by e-mailing my supermarket. Outrageously, one-third of food grown is never eaten.
The story and the campaign tie together in a powerful way. Please read the story and click on the link below to take action. Thank you.
Jesus and the Five Thousand
(A First-World translation by Peter Rollins)
Jesus withdrew privately by boat to a
solitary place, but the crowds continued to
follow him. Evening was now approaching and
the people, many of whom had traveled a great
distance, were growing hungry.
Seeing this, Jesus sent his disciples out to gather
food, but all they could find were five loaves of
bread and two fishes. Then Jesus asked that they
go out again and gather up the provisions that the
crowds had brought to sustain them in their travels.
Once this was accomplished, a vast mountain of
fish and bread stood before Jesus. Upon seeing this
he directed the people to sit down on the grass.
Standing before the food and looking up to
heaven, he gave thanks to God and broke the
bread. Then he passed the food among his twelve
disciples. Jesus and his friends ate like kings in
full view of the starving people. But what was
truly amazing, what was miraculous about this
meal, was that when they had finished the massive
banquet there were not even enough crumbs left
to fill a starving person’s hand.