Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Miracles!

During this religious time of Passover and Easter, where there will be plenty of feasting, I am reminded of a little story. Maybe it's worth thinking about during this religious period.

Now there is a version of this story in almost every faith and belief, of a messiah feeding the masses. The most famous one is of Jesus feeding his followers. He had just a few loaves of bread and some fish and he was able to feed thousands! What do I take away from this story???

That people back then ate way smaller portions! A few loaves and some fish would feed maybe one modern person, but back then, shoot. So many! Maybe that's a trainer's perspective of the story anyhow, maybe there is a bigger moral there, what I got out of it was, people back then always left enough for the other guys to also eat.

Stories from every faith  share this concept, that somehow a little bread, a little rice, some beans, some fish, a lamb, a goat, etc. was able to feed a family and their guests and so forth. It wasn't very long ago that being large was a sign of wealth. Why? It's easy to say wealthy people could afford more food. That was true, but it was also, wealthy people were rich enough that they didn't have to share. Wealth gave the person the ability not to have to share and have their own protected portions.

The regular people couldn't just think about themselves, whatever they had, they had to think about leaving enough to share with everyone else. This goes back to the dawn of man, meat sharing, sharing of gathered foods with the tribes. It made the tribe and community stronger. Now we don't have to share, now a portion for one person could feed a family from years ago, actually it could feed a present family in a poor country.

To quote Gordon Gecko from Wallstreet, "Greed is good." Somehow being greedy with our food, being able to eat a lot, taking way more than your share or that you can eat, became a good thing. Something to brag about, write about, take pictures about. Gluttony and greed no longer sinful when it comes to food. Look at how much so and so can eat? Wow. I bet I can eat more than you. Let me update my status on Facebook about how much I ate today and how well. Eating, and talking about eating even becomes competitive, people always want to out eat each other...

That story of the fish and loaf of bread, to me the miracle was the act of sharing and charity. Not greed and gluttony. Yesterday's feasts in today's standards would be a pretty weak table.

Christians like to ask themselves - What would Jesus do? I think that also encompasses these questions - What would Jesus eat? How much would Jesus eat? According to a new study though, religious people are twice as likely to become obese than non-religious people. There is definitely a disconnect from the message then.

Remember, the Jesus I know had a 6 pack.
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