Monday, 3 May 2010

"Womenomics" in a sermon on sharing food by Rogate Mshana

This morning at prayers our colleague Rogate Mshana offered a meditation on sharing food, taking Christ's compassion for the crowd in the feeding of the multitude as his starting point.
One of the sad things about the written as opposed to the oral tradition is that it doesn't include al of the asides and illustrations.
Referring to an economics of compassion, Rogate said that this is sometimes called "womenomics" he went on to remember how when he was a young child his own mother had knelt down to pray for the welfare of her children during a time of drought in his homeland - a spiritual prayerful compassionate economics.
Jesus refuses to send the crowd away to the market but chooses to embrace them with love and compassion.
To share food in our world will mean protecting small farmers, advocating for policies that promote food sovereignty because today’s hunger is mainly caused by injustice. As the book of Proverbs says:“The field of the poor may yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.” (Proverbs 13:23)

You can read the full sermon here and view the service for morning prayers here.
Our service sheets had these words on the cover:
There is enough food for all to share.
Hunger in a world of plenty is not caused by lack of food.
There is enough food to make most people in the world fat!
It is caused by lack of compassion and justice.

Food for thought for all of us living in a greedy wasteful way. By that I mean me of course.