“I have food to eat that you know nothing about” Luke 4:32
I recall a scene in the wonderful movie “Funny Farm.” They have arrived at their new home in the country and are waiting for the moving van, which is lost! This was before the cell phone era, and so they spend the night on the floor, waiting. They are hungry; the wife says there is nothing to eat but when Chevy Chase wakens in the morning there is an apple core on the floor!
The disciples have been away searching for food in a Samaritan community, they were probably not happy with that – Jews and Samaritans do not get along (4:9). Who knows, maybe they won't find anyone willing to sell them food. However, they return and find Jesus has been talking with a woman, a Samaritan woman. Will Jesus never stop challenging their belief systems? Now she has gone and they need to get some food into Jesus. They urge Jesus to eat but he responds with these strange words, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
Confused, they wonder if someone brought him food. They are still thinking physically and literally. Their minds have not been open to think beyond immediate needs and circumstances – to see the Global picture you might say. They need to see what is happening beyond the immediate.
October is World Mission Offering time. It is a time when our focus moves to the whole world, where ministry and mission also happens. We discover again that our God is working in the world – changing lives, changing communities.
We hear again the stories of distant lands and of peoples who may seem strange to us. Their customs and lives are not like ours. Some of them may even be “hated Samaritans.” However, God is doing a work, a ministry in their midst. We are asked to open our eyes and see the new things God is doing – to know that our world is greater than we are.|
This is what, for me, Jesus is saying when he answers the disciples with those words, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” He is telling his followers that things are happening in the world and we are needing to open our eyes, our hearts and our pocketbooks and take part in what is happening in the world. Ministries are happening and we are able to be a part.
We have a friend who I often quote and who keeps challenging me. One of his challenges to the church is that we need to find out where God is working in the world and go and join God there. We need to discover where God is working in our community and go and join God there. This is our call. Things are happening, food is there – we just need to be open to the great possibilities God has before us.
I urge you to give as you can to the World Mission Offering – our record on mission giving is excellent—we are willing to go where our God is leading. Let's not stop now; there are stories to be told, stories to be made.
And, let us continue to write the story here in Mountlake Terrace and the surrounding towns and cities. Let us discover the joy (food) that comes when the Good News of the Gospel is received and lives are changed.