A Message from Mary Lestina
When you drive down any major thoroughfare in our country, you find an enormous variety of restaurants that can quickly satisfy your hunger. You can find drive-through restaurants to elegant dining places with cloth napkins. Food is essential to our lives.
Large crowds of people followed Jesus during his ministry. They were drawn to Him because of his many signs of healing. They came, each with their history, seeking Him for the healing of illness, of anxiety, or of a personal matter. Jesus knows they are searching for love and to be close to him.
In the Gospel story of the loaves and fishes, in his compassion, Jesus asks his disciples, Phillip and Andrew, to approach a young boy who had in his possession his lunch of 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. Barley loaves were more like the size of a pancake, not a full loaf of bread, as we would imagine. Jesus uses the little portions in the hands of a child to work his miracle of feeding the crowds. God also wants to use us, as limited as we are, to feed those in need. There are opportunities through food pantries, meal programs and other charities.
Every time we eat at one of our favorite restaurants, let us keep in mind those who are less fortunate than us and ask God to use us to feed those in need.
Become Christ, each one for the sake of all…
Mary Lestina is the Pastoral Associate at St. Dominic Catholic Church.