Most of us are familiar with the dairy industry ads that ask the question (and promote their product), “Got milk?” And certainly milk is an excellent beverage for those who can and like to drink it. But the meanings of “bread” go bigger and broader. It’s not just the baked loaves from various grains, but also can mean food/nutrition in general, or even money to buy life’s necessities. So “Got bread?” or “Got food?” are important questions to ask, a way to find out if folks have what they need.
Sometimes people around us might be hungry. And we might not know it unless we ask.
For some people, food scarcity is a constant. For others, their lack might come and go. For our response, we can look to Jesus. The Lord, when he fed the 5,000 people, said to his disciples concerned for the large crowd, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” (Matthew 14:16) And a way was found to feed the thousands by everyone offering up what they had. The story says “All ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, 12 baskets full.” (Matthew 14:20)
So bring what you have (pack some food for the journey), and share it freely with those in need.
And, of course, there’s another teaching of Jesus: “One does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) All of us have other needs besides food, needs of a spiritual, divine nature. We need to be fed with words from God and with the love of God. So let’s include God’s word and attest to God’s love in each and every meal we serve up.
Jesus told Peter, “Feed my lambs,” and He meant food to eat as well as God food.
He said, “Tend my sheep,” and He meant care both for people’s physical and their spiritual needs.
He wants us to do what we can to feed people–in any way they might need to be fed.
“Feed my sheep,” Jesus said yet again. Some things can’t be repeated too often!
And when we ask Him to help, Jesus gives us what we need.
If we break bread together, we’ll learn what each one needs. We’ll help feed one another with food for the body, as well as much needed food for the soul.
When we’re open to one another and to sharing, the Holy Spirit will move to create a miracle, where we’re all fed till we’re full and there’s extra besides. Leftover food and a superabundance of God’s blessed love. Hallelujah!