So, why do we have such a large emphasis on our food ministry at St. Mark's? We cook monthly meals for Safe Berks, the New Journey Soup Kitchen in Reading, and the homeless in Pottstown. We cook meals for the clients of the Food Pantry and for Veterans Making a Difference. We cook for Beautify Birdsboro, Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond, and for Vacation Bible School. We gather to bake our communion bread each week. We hold cooking classes for community members and for our youth. When Covid first forced Berks County to shut down, we cooked meals for our Birdsboro Seniors. And when we start our Birdsboro Senior Group, we will be providing healthy lunches for the seniors in attendance.
So why do we do all this? Well, this week's Gospel is part of the answer. When Jesus was resurrected and appeared to his disciples, he greeted them and asked, "Do you have anything to eat?" I'm not making this up Joe! It's written just below this message. Jesus was taken away from his disciples, was tortured, crucified and buried in a tomb. Then, he came back to life and the first thing he wanted to do was to share a meal with his disciples. A lot of Jesus' teachings, miracles, preaching and time spent with his disciples revolved around sharing meals with them - with breaking bread together. Sharing a meal is vital to survival of the people and is a way to get to know them, learn about their stories, let them know about us and our stories and is an opportunity to tell them about why we do what we do. It is an opportunity to tell them about and show them the love of Christ.
Companionship is important in our lives and we need to have companions walk with us in our journeys. If you look at that word, companion, it means "with bread - com pan". The word shows the importance of sharing meals with others, the importance of breaking bread with others.
So as Jesus showed us, we break bread together with our neighbors and with our friends. We call them our companions, our friends, and our community.
God Bless you and keep you in his loving care. Stay safe! Stay healthy! If we can do anything for you, please call the office.