Posted by: dowsmallgroups | 15/04/2010

Confused about what to eat?

We read in the Bible about food of various types. John the Baptist ate locusts and wild honey – I wonder what the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs would say about that? The Israelites ate manna on their flight from Egypt (some of which can be found in the ark of the covenant alongside the Ten Commandments and Aaron’s rod) and, of course, bread was broken, wine shared at the Last Supper.

Today, surveys show that some nurseries are giving children too much in the way of fruit and vegetables, and not enough starchy carbohydrates to meet their energy needs. Edwina Currie warned us of the dangers of salmonella in eggs (no longer could you go to work on one!). BSE and vCJD put people off their burgers (for a few weeks), chocolate and wine are variously very good or very bad for you depending on the fashion of the time.

Over the thirty-one years that I’ve been on this planet there have been dozens of health scares. Food has never been so dangerous!

Fear not though, there is one thing that we can rely on. Christ cuts through the confusion as we read in John’s account of the Good News (chapter 6, verses 30-35):

So they said to him, ‘What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” ’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which* comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’

What are you thirsty or hungry for today?


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