• September 10, 2021

Bible Verse About Sustainability

 Bible Verse About Sustainability


“When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples,
‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.'” John 6:12

Two fish and five loaves

Reflection on this Bible verse about environmental sustainability by Pope Francis:

“Jesus asked the disciples to ensure that nothing was wasted: nothing thrown out! And there is this fact of 12 baskets: why 12? What does it mean? Twelve is the number of the tribes of Israel, it represents symbolically the whole people. And this tells us that when the food was shared fairly, with solidarity, no one was deprived of what he needed, every community could meet the needs of its poorest members. Human and environmental ecology go hand in hand.”
Pope Francis, General Audience, 2013

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