Wednesday 1st Week of Advent
NEVER HUNGER. HOW IS THAT?
A local restaurant donated turkeys for our parishioners to feed all the people in Pinellas Hope on Thanksgiving Day. Somewhere around 150 people. Every night on the local newscasts you see churches and organizations collecting food and giving it to families, especially during the Christmas season. I know of individuals who go down to St. Petersburg and give socks, underwear and other items to the homeless.
Americans have a generous heart that won’t quit. Unfortunately, the bread will run out, the socks will get holes and we will be back at it again, cooking and handing out more food and socks. Thank God.
Hunger for the bread of this world never satisfies. Every day in prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament a fire burns in my heart for people who have given up receiving Jesus in Holy Communion every week. Whatever their reasons, the love in my heart for them keeps the Fire burning. It’s the hunger Jesus has in His heart to heal all our hurts and feed us with a Bread that always satisfies.
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,” He tells us in the gospel. “I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” Carry these words of Jesus in your heart today, “I do not want to send them away hungry.” Where are you hungry that the bread of this world that never satisfies but only makes you hungrier? Come to Jesus, the Bread of your Life. Discover how generous Jesus can be.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC