Quiet Storm by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, 19 April 2021
The beauty of this movement sweeping our country called "Community Pantry" is its essential Christianity: "The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common." (Acts 4:32)
Earlier in our Church history the esteemed theologian Tertullian was so delighted to see how the early Christians loved one another and how they were ready to die for each other exactly the same scenery we are having in our country this 21st century.
It all started simply when in the street translated loosely as living comfortably (Maginhawa) somebody suddenly see "any body" as a "some body" can help alleviate our poverty when we start to see "every body" as a brother and a sister living simply with one community pantry so "no body" goes hungry.
And the rest was history as the story of good deeds inspired many putting up their community pantry and the best part of the mystery there is no talk of money and popularity plain and simple spirit of humanity in the spirit of fraternity and equality fulfilling the minimum requirement of charity that is justice and mutuality.
There is a saying that "Necessity is the mother of invention" but this community pantry that I see is more than an invention or an innovation but an extension of the fellowship of the table where Jesus Christ is the invisible guest appearing, speaking, and sharing a meal that fills our stomach and delights our soul animating our hopes for a better future.
This community pantry is a bright ray of hope, a silver lining in the storm that hit our nation last year when this administration not only belittled but was also unprepared for the pandemic. Is it a new kind of people power revolution? Then, by all means, let it bloom!
*All photos used are from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 April 2021.