Of Food and Grace

I love that Jesus is fearful.

He climbs the mountain and sits down.
The needy crowd follows him and sits at his feet waiting
and he heals them, speaks of their suffering,
tells his disciples his heart is sick.

He fears they will collapse for lack of food.

Could he assuage their hunger
as he heals their ills?  He doesn’t.
He uses real food.
I use real food.

This must be the oneness of divinity and humanity.

What about when you swirl the hot pan with oil,
when you peel, slice, and chop the sweet onion,
when you sauté everything you have prepared and marinated,
is it not real food?

This is sacramental.

We are hungry children, a needy crowd.
How fearful we are when everyone is waiting
for us to provide and heal.  And yet we feed
and heal and love through this sacrament of bread and fish

of food and grace.


  1. cynthia says:

    Love the structure of this piece. The opening line is powerful, that our Lord was fearful at times. This speaks to our humanity and His as well. The feeding and nurturing of others can be scary at times, especially when we do not have faith in our ability to do what is needed; the old insecurities that arise. It is grace that works through us! It is “sacramental.” Thank you for these wise and beautiful words Amy!!

    1. Amy @ Love and Be Loved says:

      and it is only through grace that we do anything at all, isn’t it? I’m going to start thinking of everything around me as sacramental: My entire kitchen, for starters! mixing bowls, pots, pans, spoons, spatulas, dishes cups and glasses! Happy Advent!

      1. cynthia says:

        Love it!! and especially the kitchen floor!!! and mop!!!

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