Theological Stewardship Blog #1
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Last week, I had the motivation to get up way earlier than usual after my father had recently bought a bag of pandesal from our local Filipino store. Pandesal, or “salt bread,” is a popular Filipino bread roll that “is made of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar and salt (Wikipedia).” It can be filled with anything from meat & cheese to peanut butter & jelly, & paired with a cup of coffee, milk, or tsokolate.
Something else that starts my day off is the morning news, especially in regards to the ongoing situation of the COVID-19. But unlike eating a favorite breakfast staple once in a while, anything that relates to the pandemic has been broadcasted over & over again. With the continuously rising cases & deaths, as well as the millions of decreasing paychecks & increasing unemployment rates, it’s no wonder that the world has been panicking over the past few months. So what are some ways that we can continue to purchase sustainably despite the huge toll of the coronavirus?
When it comes to purchasing, now is the time to support local businesses & farms. For example, my family & I have been going to local Asian stores for some of our groceries & take-out food. If you are concerned about the amount of packaging that is wasted from getting pick-up or take-out food, you can purchase from local restaurants that encourage sustainability (I recommend Namu in Durham because they serve delicious Korean-style dishes with tableware that is made out of recyclable materials.), or even “buy gift cards or credit for later (Forbes).” And instead of being disappointed with the empty shelves in many grocery stores, a good alternative is to purchase directly from local farms. Using organic produce to make your own food at home instead of eating unhealthy pick-up or take-out food will make your body, as well as the environment feel much better.
-Kristina De Jesus
Scripture: John 6:25-59
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which[a] comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; 38 for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” 59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.