The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Food for life

Jesus calls us to give this, for love

I’ve watched my grandchildren make feeding their goldfish a grand occasion that’s almost sacramental. The children are convinced the fish swim close to the glass when they are near and some kind of greeting occurs before they joyfully sprinkle food on the water’s surface.

stockphotoproObserving these young providers at work, I often think about how parents respond when their infants cry out in hunger. We respond because we love them and know that God has placed them in our care. Perhaps, as my grandchildren have reminded me, there is indeed something quite sacred at work in us as God calls us to feed the hungry.

This brings to mind the last conversation recorded in John 21:17. Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” Peter answers, “You know that I love you.” Then Jesus tells him, “Feed my sheep.”

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