It’s Harvest time!
Harvest is a time for celebrating and giving thanks to God for our food, thanks for the people who make it available; also, a time for reminding us to share food with others.
In the Bible, Matthew talks about when Jesus, with the help of God and a little boy’s
food, shared it with many people:
Jesus ‘directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.” Matthew 14 vv. 19-20
Gardens and containers have produced lots of crops this year because some people have been able to grow more of their own fruit and vegetables.
Can you name the ones in the picture? Which one do you think travelled the farthest?
Do you think Jesus would have eaten food like this?
As the story above shows, people in Jesus’ time would have eaten bread and fish. Some of the other foods were grapes, figs, olives and olive oil. Garlic and mustard were used to flavour and they probably ate vegetables like beans, lentils or cabbage. The herbs dill, cumin and mint are mentioned.
A Harvest Prayer: Thank you, God, for all the gifts of the Harvest: for fruit, vegetables and so many other good things to eat. Help us not to waste your gifts but always use them well, sharing with what we have with others. Amen.