Hungry? God has food: Homily for Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Readings for Today

Today’s readings made me hungry.  Isaiah discusses rich foods and choice wines.  Jesus discusses feeding the great multitudes that followed him. But all this talk about food is not accidental.  We can easily see food is a comfortable thing.  When we are hungry, food fills. But what do you want to fill up with? For it is not just an empty stomach that can make us hungry, but also an empty soul.

And when our soul is empty, it is not as easy to fill it ourselves. We can try.  We can look to eating too much, drinking too much, working too hard, or seeking unhealthy physical comforts in something like pornography.  But the soul can only really be filled by Jesus. It is only when we acknowledge our hunger for something more, and invite Jesus into our lives that we get full.  What are you spiritually hungry for? Ask Jesus for spiritual food.  It fills.

Limits: Homily for Monday, August 7, 2017

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Readings for Today

We all have a limit.  There are, for each of us, those moments where we have come to the end of our rope.  There is that one bad thing too much, the one challenge too many, the one bad comment.  There comes for all of us that moment where we have had it.  Moses, the great prophet, the Law-giver, has met his limits with the people.  He cannot take it anymore.

Moses lasted a lot longer than I would have.  All the people have done since they left Egypt (where they were slaves) is complain.  They were afraid.  Take us back.  We have no food.  We don’t like this manna.  We want meat.  We hate all this meat.  Take us back.  And, yeah, did I mention they were SLAVES in Egypt?

Spiritually it is easy to see when someone hits their limits.  We hit our limits when we try to do everything on our own.  Just work harder, we think.  Just do more.  The apostles hit their limits too.  Feed them yourselves.  Jesus teaches a lesson about true food.  Trust me.  Let me show you how God feeds people when God is in charge.