Quiet Storm by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, 22 April 2021
The beauty of this community pantry that have sprouted all over the country in just a week exactly is not found only in the wide variety of food to the needy but most of all for food that enrich so many souls: kindness and tenderness are aplenty with everyone considered a family.
It was the Lord Himself who gave us the first community pantry intended for soul when he said: "All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; Come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk! Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy? Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life." (Isaiah 55:1-3)
What is so amazing now happening in the country is how those with least to offer are always the ones with most to share like that widow praised by Jesus in her poverty gave her all in the temple treasury: for the community pantry there was so much camote coming from hard pressed farmers from Paniqui and another load from Mindoro shared by the child of a Mangyan aged nine while an elderly man peddling chicharon for a living asked for two cans of sardines leaving the pantry with a precious smile of gratitude with a plenitude of goodwill, donating two packs of his precious chicharon.
Like manna in the wilderness the community pantries were heaven-sent; like the feeding of five-thousand in the wilderness the community pantries of sharing was the miracle; like Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, the community pantries have taught us to be the bread ourselves, broken and shared if only to prove there is enough for everyone's needs.