(The quote is from Shauna Niequist‘s book Bread & Wine)
This is the second week of Lent. In the Liturgical Christian tradition there is a 40-day period before Easter as a remembrance of Jesus’ time in the desert. Some people who observe this time use it as a method to lose weight, to restart their New Years’ Resolution, or just to reconnect with themselves but it is meant to be “a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter.”
A few articles have come across my desk this past week that deal with food and the Lenten season. For some of you who read my blog, you might notice that I have a great deal of passion for food, some might see that I want to educate folks on the knowledge that I have, and today I want to encourage each of you on your journey with food.
Food sustains and gives us life. Our relationship with food should be gentle, passionate, and a time for thanks.
Matthew 25:31-46 Is when Jesus tells the people on the right side that when he was cold, hungry, and thirsty, they helped him. When they question Jesus about this, he then replies, “I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.”
Jesus then tells those on the left that they have not clothed, fed or sheltered him. They look at him puzzled and confused and ask when did they not do this? Jesus informs them, “I assure you that when you haven’t done it for one of the least of these, you haven’t done it for me.”
I write this blog today to remind all of us, no matter which religion, race, socioeconomic class or gender we all need food. A recent adaptation of Matthew 25 was written in the “Letter to the Editor Section” in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
A parable for our time, adapted from Matthew 25:
When I was hungry, you cut my food stamps; when thirsty, you allowed my water to be polluted for corporate profit; when I was a stranger, you detained and deported me.
When I was naked and vulnerable, without a job or income, you denied me extended unemployment compensation, holding it hostage to a political agenda. When I was ill, you refused to extend Medicaid; when in prison, you denied me justice in favor of revenge, and executed me.
And the righteous replied, when was it that we saw you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, ill or in prison? And He said, anything you did to one of these, however humble, poor and powerless, you did to me.
Dr. Chester E. Ramey,
This week, I encourage you to sit and think about those who you can invite into your home for a warm meal. Can you make an extra amount of food and take the leftovers to those who are hungry? What do you think?
Here are some non-profits that all use Matthew 25 to cultivate their cause: