My wife and I went to the Rochester Public Market this morning. It is one of the best in the nation we are told. Out door stalls with farm vendors offering fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats, honey, fresh bakery products and lots more. I do not usually like crowds but being there seeing the ocean of bountiful produce arrayed around us was worth all the jostling and bustle of the crowds.
In juxtaposition to our buying sausage, corn, peaches, greens, a basket of blueberries ( for pies and jams) and some cheese, Nancy recently spoke with our son in Japan. Joe spoke of buying 12 raspberries for $8. Fruits and produce are expensive in other cultures and other places. Droughts in Russia parts of Europe, and Africa are raising the price of wheat world wide. For us the United States it won’t matter all that much but for those who are desperately poor and whose countries import basic grains it will mean even more grinding poverty and starvation.
Having such a bounty of food in this country is a blessing – but it should not be a blessing just for us. Jesus reminds us that “to whom much is given much will be demanded.” It seems to me that individually and as a country we have a responsibility to share our bounty with others across the globe. Not just the obvious, such as sending food for relief, but also exporting such things as well drilling, drought resistant plants, sustainable agricultural practices.
Sharing our bounty across the globe we plant the seeds of understanding and cooperation that will become the best counter terrorism remedy ever devised. If we cease to be the greedy primary consumer of the world’s goods and bounty and generously and willingly share them with others we cease to be the satanic target and became caring members of the human family interdependent on other family members.
So lets intentionally share – giving locally to food programs, and globally to organizations like Episcopal Relief & Development…