Will Work 4 Food

CUF just held its annual board meeting. And while approving the budget and setting the coming year’s agenda are important, what excites me most is all the leftover food. You see, the board members are served breakfast and lunch at the CUF office, so all the leftovers go right into the CUF fridge—which means free lunch for staff members. And that makes me pretty happy. (It’s the little things in life, right?)

As I was raiding the fridge, I got to thinking. What is it about food that it’s such a motivator? Offer free food at an event you’re hosting, for example, and people will flock to it. They can’t seem to resist. What’s more, they’re likely to bring friends and family, too.

Food makes people happy. People relax as they gather around a meal. We loosen up, kick back, enjoy ourselves. We worry less, smile more.

As I was assembling my sandwich, I paused. If a free lunch makes me this cheery, what about the heavenly food I receive each week? Why am I so excited about free leftovers, but not nearly as excited about receiving Our Lord in the Eucharist?

Here Jesus is, offering me the best of all meals, and sometimes, I admit, I’m rather disinterested. I hear Him say, “Open wide your mouth, that I may fill it,” and I shrug. Yet it makes my day to get a free lunch.

Jesus, however, doesn’t stop inviting me to His heavenly banquet just because I don’t always respond with enthusiasm. Instead, He asks me to come again. He asks me to feast. He asks me to eat well and to delight in the food He offers.

This is a banquet we’re all invited to. Our Lord wants all of us to eat well and to delight in the food He offers. That’s something to get excited about. That’s something to tell all our friends and family about. Because, as good as they are, board meeting leftovers just don’t compare with that tiny wafer that is God Himself.

4 responses

  1. Wonderful insight, Sarah. I think your experience also illuminates why Our Lord in John 6 prepared the people for His sublime teaching on the Eucharist by first satisfying their bodily needs through the miraculous multiplication of loaves, which was more remarkable (but probably less delectable) than the board meeting leftovers.

    “Truly, truly I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you . . .” (Jn. 6:26-27).

  2. Why are we so interested in having three or four Extraordinary Ministers distibuting the Eucharist at Mass? Is it because we’re so anxious to receive the Lord, or because we’re so anxious to get the heck out of there and do something else?

  3. We offer snacks at ALL of the functions that our chapter (Abba, Father) holds! Though manytimes people do not eat much, most have said it is an attraction to come to ours w/ snacks than others that do not have snack!

    I too wonder why we get excited about the left-overs and not about the banquet. I get excited about the Sunday, but not really the weekly. I do not arrange my schedual so I can make it to daily mass. Even when I am off work that day!

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