What does it mean to be nourished?

John 6:22-29. Food that endures for eternal life

The accessibility of restaurant deliveries, GrabFood, and FoodPanda may make it easy to take for granted how precious food can be. We have developed various rituals when it comes to consuming food — snacking during recess, desserts and treats as rewards, buffets and function rooms for milestone celebrations, “pantawid gutom” in between busy moments, so on and so forth.

But do we eat because we want to be full? For a person who is hungry, perhaps such is the value of food. But for a fortunate person who can summon food on a tap of a finger, food does not merely make one full. It can satisfy a craving.

But the miracle of the multiplication of bread can be framed as a story not of consumption, but of giving. And in this sense, this is aligned with the message of Jesus to focus on giving instead of mindlessly consuming.

In consuming food, maybe we can become full; but in giving food and a piece of ourselves, maybe we can become nourished.

[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 122: MAY 2, 2022]

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