On a lazy Saturday morning, you may come across ‘Saturday Kitchen’ on the BBC. One of the celebrity guests chooses a ‘food heaven’ and a ‘food hell.’ At the end of the programme, they either get to eat the dish they love the most, or the dish they most fear, all determined by the public vote
Perhaps, the idea of a fish dish is far more delectable than a snake bake – although more adventurous eaters, of course, may give it a go! Jesus uses the image of a loving, caring parent who provides food for his children to explore how God relates to us. “Is there a man among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish? If you, then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Jesus has drawn us into the loving, intimate relationship of God. Only Jesus, by right, can call God his Father but we are adopted with him as his brothers and sisters. And so, like Christ, we dare to call God our Father. He cares for us, he feeds us, he loves us, he wants what is good for us. We are his children and he gazes upon us with pure love, he wants us to live with him for ever. Whether we experience food heaven or food he’ll in this life, Heaven is our hope and destiny.
God our Father, thank you for you loving care, and for all the blessings we receive from you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.