Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance....
And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.
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The psalmist sings of the great story of God and God's people in the wilderness. God's people are hungry. God sends them manna to eat. God's people get tired of the manna. God sends them poultry. Food is an integral part of our survival, our ability to thrive, our relationships with one another and our relationship with God. Food brings us together to celebrate and to commiserate. Food is a reminder of our dependence on the earth and other laborers. God chose to be intimately connected to us through the provision of creation and relationship. When we view the food alone, looking only to our cravings and our emptiness, we miss a much bigger organic ecosystem of love and grace pouring through us, for us and from us for the sake of our lives together. The muffin I had for breakfast is made of wholesome and good ingredients specifically to feed me with deliciousness without doing me harm. The one who brought the ingredients together into a tasty morsel is a caring friend. The ingredients were provided by farmers and laborers and ranchers and factory workers and truckers and grocers. We eat the bread of angels unaware. God sits and eats with us to help us be....more aware.
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Body of Christ, bread of heaven, wake us up. Amen