Written by Tom Floren
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
We pray this often. Jesus instructed us to do so. But, what does this mean? I like theologian and scholar John Dominic Crossan’s interpretation in his book “The Greatest Prayer.”
Recall the story of the feeding of the 5,000 in Mark 6. It’s the end of a long day of Jesus teaching to the large crowd, and everyone is hungry. The disciples want to send them away to buy themselves food, but Jesus tells the disciples, “You give them something to eat.” So, the disciples gathered what food was available. Jesus took it, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples to distribute. In other words, Jesus reclaimed the food “for God to whom it had always belonged.” Clearly, it was the disciples’ responsibility to distribute God’s food to God’s people, and it was enough to feed everyone.
Crossan says that Jesus was about the present kingdom of God on earth. This kingdom is “about the equitable distribution of our earth for all.” The prayer is our request that we have enough of what we need for today as well as the assurance of enough for tomorrow.
It seems that the DMARC Food Pantry is one answer to our prayer. In 2014, the Pantry served 16.1% more individuals than 2013. It served 14,000 different families and 37,000 individuals – nearly half were children and youth — all at no cost to those served.
Our special Easter offering will be given to the Food Pantry. Monetary gifts multiply existing food. The Pantry can purchase 2-6 more times the food than what retail prices afford because they buy at wholesale and in bulk. They can also buy what is needed so waste is minimized. Our goal is ambitious – $6,200 will exceed what we gave to the pantry in all of 2014.
The Pantry also depends on volunteers to be successful. Visit dmarcunited.org or call 515-282-2026 to find out how you might help.