Pastor's Desk: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 4th August 2018 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:

The Deep End: Old Wives’ Tales

Growing up, did the adults in your life tell you any stories about food?

• Eating carrots helps you see in the dark.

• Crusts will make your hair curly.

• Spinach makes you strong.

• An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

These wise old sayings, passed down through the generations, were employed to encourage us to eat certain foods, mainly healthy fruit and veg. Some even had an element of truth. Nowadays we can establish the accuracy of such claims at the touch of a button, but many parents still find themselves trotting out these nuggets of wisdom. Behind it all is a desire to see children grow up as strong, healthy and happy as possible.

There is a huge focus these days on healthy eating and having a physically healthy lifestyle. Mental health is also being spoken about more and more. Nourishing one’s mind and keeping it healthy is just as important as fuelling the body. Both of these are essential long-term projects, the work of a lifetime.

When it comes to the life beyond this one, Jesus talks about a different type of food – food that endures to eternal life. It is this bread, Jesus himself, that gives meaning to our work and our struggles here on earth. As Jesus tells us today: ‘Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life.’ Let us not forget to nourish our spirit.

Tríona Doherty

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