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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

     ”Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.’” (Jn 6: 35-40)

     Christ has “come” down from heaven, according to the will of the Father, that we in our turn may also “come...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side…” (Lk 16: 19-23)

The “rich man” in this parable has no name, while the “poor man” is dignified with a name, Lazarus. Why? Because Lazarus has an identity, having become himself, and self-aware, through his “hunger” that he “longed to satisfy”; that is to say, through his deficiencies. I don’t know...

Friday, March 3, 2017

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” (Lk 4: 1-4)

Jesus was, indeed, “hungry.” He did, indeed, “need” something to eat. He also “could” provide bread for Himself in the wilderness, because this was within His power. Nonetheless, He rejects the devil’s enticing suggestion, to turn a stone to bread. Why?

Because it’s the devil’s suggestion. And Christ is showing us that our God-given, physical needs, as well as our God-given powers, are not to be addre...

Friday, July 29, 2016

And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you… And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut 8: 2-4)

Just as He did back then, with His people for forty years in the wilderness, so does God “humble” those who belong to Him today. How does He do this? He periodically “lets you hunger,” and feeds you in ways “which you did not know” before. Thus God opens me up to the gift called “humility,” this road to true freedom, by walking me through the way of the cross. Humility enables me to walk as He did, through the pain and problems, rather than running fro...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

 

…But when (the prodigal son) had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.’ And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell...

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