Theologian David McLoughlin explores Jesus’ radical teaching on food and hunger.
Anthropologists tell us that if we know what, where, how, when and with whom people eat then we know the character of their society. This is as true of Jesus’ time as it is of ours. Jesus’ stories of the open table fellowship of the Kingdom are shocking.
He tells of invitations to meals that do not map against class, or gender, or status or moral worth. He seems to have acted out his own teaching eating with men and women of any and every station ignoring distinctions.
The Pharisees, in particular, clashed with Jesus over his eating practice. To maintain the purity of Jewish life in the face of foreign influences they had taken all the dietary and purity rules applicable to the Priests and Temple practice and adapted them to the table of the home.
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The new Advent Calendar iPhone app from CAFOD is now available in the iTunes store! A great way to remind yourself what Christmas is really about. Sample text is below. Download it free from http://www.cafod.org.uk/adventapp
Text for 2 December:
God created a beautiful world for everyone to share. Yet, in Niger, drought has turned lush grassland into dusty desert, affecting a third of the population.
Every week, Domo Hamani (left) and her one year old granddaughter, Hajara Hama, make a day-long return journey from their village to a feeding centre run by CAFOD’s partner, Caritas Niger.
“God saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
The Jesse tree is a traditional way of remembering how God prepared us for the birth of Jesus. Our first Jesse tree symbol reminds us of the opening verses of the Bible and God’s gift of creation.
How do I care for God’s world?
What do I do for those most affected by climate change?
Creator God, while I consume to meet my needs help me also to care for the amazing world that you have created. Amen.
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“Did you hear the one about….?” Christine and ‘the loaf’ happy and hungry for change
Hi! I’m Christine. I’m 23 years old and originally from Birmingham. Last year, I was part of the Step Into The Gap programme with CAFOD. Now I’m an assistant chaplain at Cardinal Allen School in Fleetwood, Lancashire.
When we heard about the Hungry for change launch conference , we decided it was a great event to bring some members of the school’s CAFOD group to. Part ‘thank you’ for all their hard work and part inspiration to bring Hungry for change into the school this year.
So Mollie, Matthew and I got up bright and early (5:30am!) and made our way to Westminster Cathedral Hall for the conference.
The launch was a fantastic day! The three of us really enjoyed taking part in the unseasonable picnic on the piazza (even though it was a bit cold!) and being a public witness to the work of CAFOD.
But the best bit was chatting to other CAFOD supporters about previous campaigns and sharing ideas of how to spread the Hungry for change message.
We were all really surprised to learn how unjust our food system is, and the irony that it is the small- scale farmers producing our food that are the ones going hungry.
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We couldn’t wait to get back to school on Monday and tell everyone everything we’ve seen and heard. The CAFOD group has been invited to give an address at a local youth Sunday Mass in two weeks, and we started writing it on the train home to include our experiences of the day. Continue reading
Part of the Hunger Cloth in Leeds Cathedral (Credit: Victoria Ahmed)
CAFOD’s Vicky Ahmed takes a trip to Leeds on World Food Day to find out about a Hunger Cloth and what it means to the children across the diocese.
Before World Food Day on 16 October I had little idea of what a hunger cloth was, and what it was used for in modern times. I knew they had traditionally been used to communicate stories of the Gospel, but it wasn’t until last Tuesday, on a wet afternoon at St Anne’s Cathedral in Leeds that I looked at one and understood the symbolism and recognised the message of hope.
I joined about 220 children who had come together from different schools across the diocese to join in with a special service. Our CAFOD Leeds office had invited schools in the diocese to help mark CAFOD’s commitment to end poverty and make sure every child has enough to eat, by helping create a ‘Diocese of Leeds Hunger cloth.’
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Clodagh Byrne, from our Cambodia office writes
Some very sad news to share from CAFOD’s programme in the Philippines. On the morning of Tuesday, 4th September, 11-year-old Jordan Manda, the son of an Indigenous tribal leader, Timuay Locencio Manda, was shot by unidentified assailants on his way to school with his father. Jordan suffered a fatal wound on the back instantly killing him. Timuay Manda suffered minor wounds and is now safe.
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