Give us each day our daily bread
Again, as with last week, a lot of saints have written about this “Give us each day our daily bread” in connection to the Eucharist…but again I would like to also reflect on the literal meaning of this phrase “give us each day our daily bread.”
I have been reflecting a lot on food and its role in my life recently. I have been thinking about how much food we have beyond “our daily bread” in America,
and I have also been wrestling with the quality of our food, its mass production, wasteful packaging, etc.
In Laudato Si, Pope Francis wrote about food, and the importance of shifting to more sustainable small scale food production.
Currently most of our food in the US is produced on a massive scale in very concentrated places with lots of chemicals and preservatives and shipped around the country.
Also, our extra food produced is shipped to other countries, destroying their local farming systems and making them dependent on foreign shipments of food.
We have tons of food at our disposal, but not many people know how to farm, how to raise and slaughter cows, chickens and goats and grow vegetables. However, I do see a lot of positive signs in our communities of Clay County and Putnam County.
First of all, I think that is what is great about the 4h clubs in each county. Young people learn how to raise animals, cows, chickens goats, grow crops, etc.
There are also lots of parishioners who farm, grow gardens, and can their food for the winter.
There are also lots of parishioners who raise cattle, goats and chickens. Consider buying your meat and eggs from them.
There are also farmer’s markets throughout my parish boundaries which are a great way to buy local food
As we think about practical ways that we can ensure everyone has their daily bread, let us think local. Catholic Social Teaching actually has a word for thinking local called subsidiarity. It means doing things like food production at the most local level possible.Let us do our small part to help shift our food growing to the local level, and also by doing so ensure that more people have their daily bread.