Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Meal Time Prayer: aTheology of Food
Our Father who art in Heaven, as we eat bread and drink wine, as we fill our stomachs with pleasure and sustenance, we remember from whom our meals come. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. Because all food if from you and from the hands of workers, we refuse to believe that it should be denied of anyone--On Earth as it is in Heaven. You are sustenance, you are the bread of life, and thus for those who hunger, a broken piece of bread is their salvation. If ever in our eating we forget about you, we blaspheme your name. If ever in our eating we forget those whose hands are calloused from the production of our food, we have denied your gift of salvation. If ever in our eating we forget those who cannot eat, we commit idolatry. Give us, all of us with no exceptions--those we love and those we struggle to love--this day our daily bread. And forgive us the debt we owe to the workers in the fields and the shops, as we forgive those who are indebted to us. For it all, food and drink, is yours--thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever and ever--let us deny your Kingdom to no one. Amen.