Biblical Reflection

The Apostle Paul reminds us that, because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we are “a new creation” (2 Corinthian 5:17). We see the world with new eyes and with hearts filled with God’s limitless love.

And so, remembering Joseph in Egypt, Jesus feeding the thousands, the early church in Acts, and Paul’s charge to the Corinthians, we are moved to do our part to end hunger by advocating for Congress to make funding decisions that begin to lay the foundation for a world without hunger.

Meeting People's Most Basic Needs

Lessons from the Bible also show that when groups of people come together, each person doing his or her part and sharing common resources, all can have enough to eat. In Genesis 41, Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream to mean that Egypt would see both abundance and famine in the coming years. Putting his faith in God, Joseph instructs Pharaoh to save grain from years of plenty to feed people in years of famine. Exercising good government, Joseph creates a system where everyone contributes in years of plenty so none go hungry in years of scarcity. Because of good management of shared resources, Egypt not only had enough to meet their needs, but also to feed their neighbors too. Today, God calls on us to exercise good governance and to use our nation’s resources so that all have enough to eat.

In the New Testament, common resources are also shared so that all are fed. Matthew 14:13-21 tells the story of Jesus and the feeding of the 5,000. Jesus gathers the resources available (just five loaves and two fish) and the disciples share them with the thousands of people who gathered so that “all ate and were filled” (Matthew 14:20). In the end, there is such an abundance that 12 baskets are full of leftovers.

Just as it did for the first readers of Matthew, the feeding of the 5,000 points us to God’s gracious abundance to us in the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist. As we are nourished by this spiritual feast, we are called to help feed everyone, even when resources seem scarce.

Doing Our Part

The early church, which gathered each week to share that Eucharistic meal, feeding those in need was a prominent activity. In Acts 2, people from many nations gathered together and received the Holy Spirit. The Spirit-inspired community pooled their resources so those who have need would not want for anything. That same Spirit inspires our communities to do our part to end hunger by gathering our resources to ensure that all have what they need.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that, because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we are “a new creation” (2 Corinthian 5:17). We see the world with new eyes and with hearts filled with God’s limitless love.

And so, remembering Joseph in Egypt, Jesus feeding the thousands, the early church in Acts, and Paul’s charge to the Corinthians, we are moved to do our part to end hunger by advocating for Congress to make funding decisions that begin to lay the foundation for a world without hunger.

Through the federal budget process, Congress can make funding decisions that put us on track to end hunger and poverty by 2030. The federal budget uses the common resource of the people’s taxes to supply the diversity of needs which includes those who are hungry and living in poverty. Federal budget proposals and resolutions can set forth a long-term vision of eliminating hunger and poverty.

These proposals include full employment, job creation, reframing our tax codes, safety-net programs like SNAP, WIC, global nutrition, and international development programs focused on poverty. The federal budget also sets the trend for states and other nations. By working to persuade Congress and the president to fund these measures, we are doing our part to end hunger and realizing God’s vision of a world where all people “will hunger no more” (Revelation 7:16).

"They will hunger no more."

Revelation 7:16

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