OVER the next month in the run up to the Food Festival and Harvest we are looking at Food Justice, in his sermon today Ordinand and Holywell Associate Samuel Patterson reminded us that wee must be fully content with our place in God’s plan no matter what that is.
That sometime involves sacrifices and changes in our life.We need to humble ourselves so that others can be lifted up.
He pointed out that :
…once we start to walk like this with God, once we’re daily relinquishing all that we have and are and want to Him, what do we do then? ‘Show hospitality to strangers…remember those in prison and those who are being tortured, as if you were enduring such things…do good and share what you have’ just a few mentioned in today’s New Testament reading. When we’re no longer holding on to all our stuff we are free to share it.
Instead of hoarding wealth, to use it to help those in need, instead of gathering stuff, to give it away to those who need it more than us. In practice this looks like giving all those clothes you’re never going to wear to charity to help those in need, it looks like buying food with the fair-trade label and checking home grown produce is having a fair price paid for it too. It looks like checking the ethical standards of the companies we use and not seeking out a bargain when we know that our clothes’s costing less than our lattes doesn’t make sense. It looks like buying extra food and popping it in the food bank collection point.
As the morning drew to a close he challenged us further:
A very simple example for you; in a few hours many of us here will be faced with a very key decision. Who gets the last roast potato. Now it may be that, like me, you like them so much you’ve eaten more of them than anyone else has and you’re eyeing up the last one too. Humility teaches us that when we ask ‘Would anyone else like the last roast potato?’ we are asking because we think someone else deserves it more than us rather than simply legitimising it’s inevitable appearance on our plate.
St Mary’s Priory site will again host part of the Abergavenny Food Festival from September 17 – 18. We will also host a Food Justice Seminar in the Church on Friday, September 16; and be looking at food justice in the Priory Church and Abbot’s Garden all over the Food Festival weekend.