As mothers we all know our families need nourishing food to grow healthy and strong, and God does the same for us; with one addition: knowledge; for God food is also a way of teaching. And maybe it is for us as well. Look at the Gospel for this morning we see Jesus with the crowd who has come to seek him out, and he is talking about food! It is the food that feed the five thousand: the loaves and fishes! Food is a powerful force. When we eat in community we bind ourselves to those with whom we have eaten. The thousands who were feed talk about the experience and others want to learn more about this man and what he does. At the dinner table we share our lives and experiences with each other learning a little more about our daily lives, about each other, maybe even share a helpful supportive story.
Food has always been seen as a token of love. We have comfort food. We have junk food, that food we love but we know we shouldn't. We have romantic dinners, birthday dinners, Holiday dinners. We are said to have a relationship with food, and addition to food, when we love food or the wrong kinds of food too much. This love affair with food started on the third day of creation when God creates the vegetation that nurture us. It is through food that we are called to nurture not only our families but those brothers and sisters who are "destitute of daily food".
Food is more than fuel for our bodies it is what binds us to one another.