Famine and Feeding Five Thousand


Since I finished doing my Eucharistic Eating lecture series in Lent, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about hunger. Recently I’ve taken it a little farther and have been reading up on famine. Below is an expanded reflection on the sermon I preached last Sunday, on the Feeding of the Five Thousand as it appears in Matthew’s Gospel. The sermon itself can be found on the St. Philip’s website.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts, ask questions for clarification, challenge my statements, or all of the above, in the comments section below. Thanks.

Our Gospel reading for this morning has lots going on in it. Matthew’s account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand picks up several themes, and they are part of the themes that characterize Matthew’s Gospel as a whole.

One of the themes that runs through Matthew is that Jesus is great than Moses. Another is that Jesus is greater than the prophets. So, there are a lot of these things here, and I am going to just briefly go over some of them before we deal with other parts of this story. Finally, there are echoes of Matthew’s account of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. (Matthew 26:17-30).

harrowing famine read.

One of the books on famine that I have been reading in the last little while. It is a harrowing read and leaves one aghast at how easily we can be lured into treating each other as less than human.

First off, this encounter with the crowds comes at a very difficult time for Jesus. Our reading starts off with Jesus withdrawing to a deserted place. The after this concerns the news Jesus has just received about the death of his cousin John the Baptist. The forerunner of the kingdom has been executed by Herod, and Jesus tries to escape, to have some time alone with his grief. Continue reading

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2017 Winnipeg Fall Suppers


It’s that time of the year again. Time to start thinking and planning ahead for fall suppers. I decided to try and get This year’s Winnipeg 2017 Fall Suppers post is my third annual. As always, I encourage you to check out Orest Kinasevych to find out the locations and times for fall suppers outside of the city. Again, I appreciate people sending me the information on dinners that occur outside of down, but if you wish for advertising for it, please contact Orest.

The list for 2017 is as always, a work in progress. You can leave information for any Winnipeg 2017 Supper that you’d like to see in the comments below email me at macbubs13 at gmail dot com. The number of dinners on the list grew last year, and I’d like to see it get even larger this year. One thing I’d like to see in 2017 is whether or not there are any community dinners hosted by members of newcomers to Canada. If you know of any such dinner please let me know.

Fall Supper centerpiece

A centerpiece from the St. Francis Anglican Church Fall Supper

You’ll notice that like last year there is a mix of style and pricing to these suppers. I hope to appeal to people in a broad range of financial positions, but also to give people the opportunity to learn about many great organizations operating in Winnipeg. It may seem like they are all quite expensive, but once you get past the first few weeks, there are many more that fit a more limited budget. Continue reading

New Home With Garden Plots


*A word of warning, this post about home and gardening may wander a bit. I hope you will stay with me, and in the end find that it does indeed all connect together.

If you have stories about receiving or sharing a garden’s bounty please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

I moved at the beginning of the month. I had been in my previous apartment for almost 13 years. My landlord wanted to renovate, and so I started to look for a new home a few months ago. Eventually I rented a house from friends who have left the province.

apartment home

The old apartment building which I called home for almost a quarter of my life.

There’s a variety of things I’ve noticed. The first is that I’m sleeping better at night. The apartment I was in had an old, basically useless, air-conditioner, and windows that only opened north, so there was no airflow. Being on the third floor, the hot air would rise and for several weeks every year sleep would become very difficult. Continue reading

Tour Time Returns Downtown


Over the last couple of years, I’ve gone on a couple of the Downtown Biz tours. Last year I did the Tap In tour, and the year before that I went on the Patio Tour. This year, Susan Ainley, tour co-ordinator invited me, along with a group of other social media inclined folks to join her on this year’s edition of the patio tour.

Tour Classic Caesar

It was National Caesar Day. This is the Classic Caesar from Pony Corral.

One of the first things I noted was that the list of participating restaurants this year was different from the Patio Tour I went on a couple of years ago. Patios in the downtown continue to grow, and so there are always lot’s to choose from.

Patio Stops

Our gathering spot for the day was the patio at Pony Corral on St. Mary Avenue. It was beginning to cloud over but we still managed to find some sun for ourselves. Besides Susan and myself, our social media group consisted of Craig and Michelle Hologroski, Natalie (PegCityLovely) Bell, Lindsay Somers, Cory Beal, and Jaime Vales-Riench. For our first two stops we were also joined by Tineke de Jong of the Downtown Biz.

Being National Caesar day, I made the Classic Caesar, shown above, my drink of choice at Pony Corral. Continue reading

Stone Soup Sharing, Caring


This year marks the 5th Annual Stone Soup Fundraiser. The Stone Soup Fundraiser serves to raise money to support the programs of the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba. The council is a volunteer organization that lends support to schools that run breakfast and other feeding programs in their schools. (what goes into a program can be found here). At present there are 165 schools* that receive support split evenly between Winnipeg and other areas of the province.

*I was informed after publication that the number of schools helped has now reached over 200.

The fundraiser is Wednesday, March 22, 11:15 am to 1:15 pm, Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Avenue. Tickets are $10,00 which let you taste three soups along with bread, water and fruit being available. I have a noon service so I’ll be there as soon as it opens at 11:15 am. Look for the guy in the dog collar and come and say hello.

I’ve taken in the Fundraiser for the last couple of years. I wrote about my experience back in 2015. The Council is something I believe in because it offers not only healthy food alternatives, but it teaches children skills in the kitchen, and brings them together to eat.

This year, Viola Prowse, head of the council, got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in writing something about the event. I happily said yes. I was sent a list of the restaurants involved and noticed right off that there was a fair bit of turnover from previous years. It turns out this is in part because there are so many restaurants and/or chefs wanting to be part of this event.  Continue reading