Before I go further, I should say that I met Pete a few years ago at an emerging church event called Soliton. We had a meal or two together and a few beers and I found him to be a delightful person with a keen mind, willing to both ask and struggle with the truly difficult questions. He does delight in pushing the envelope a bit, but I think it is a labor of love. I expect that these little parables pushed him as much or more than they push me.
The 2nd parable in Pete's book is a difficult one. It is a re-write of the feeding of the 5000. In his story, Jesus and the disciples gather a huge amount of food from all of the people gathered and then rather than sharing it among the crowd, they eat all of it themselves, leaving not even a crumb for the hungry masses. In his commentary, he acknowledges that ascribing such selfishness to Jesus is a controversial move and then he reminds us that the Church is the incarnation of Jesus in the world today. To the degree that we ignore the needs of the marginalized around the world, we reenact this parable.
I am struck by the difficulty I have in looking at the resources I have and use and waste and discerning how much is enough and how much is too much. I am more struck by the fact that most of the time, I don't even think about it.