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January 18, 2022

You might have seen The Chosen, an online app that currently dramatizes the gospel. One of my favorite scenes is when Jesus and the disciples are very hungry. After a few days of not eating, they snack in a field of grains. Then they realize they are “doing wrong” on the Sabbath day. They realize this while they are eating and spit out their snack. We might at least be tempted to do this on a Lenten Friday when we forget and eat meat! Jesus says dramatically on the show, “Eat! God is providing for us in our hunger and answering our prayers for food. Let us give thanks for this blessing in our midst.” Then they get caught by the Pharisees, and the criticism begins.

Sometimes we have difficultly choosing the better things to do or being with the “right” person. All of our readings today help us see that God will guide us to make the best decision or see the better person we are meant to work and serve within our faith journey on the appropriate day and time. The first “right” person to choose is Christ, who will always guide us on the correct path. We are called to stay close to this great eucharistic wisdom.

Just as Samuel found David, and David learned to trust in God’s vocation for him, we too trust that God will guide us to eat, work, and fulfill our needs in due time and on the appropriate days of life. God guides and fills our hungers and thirsts, both physically and otherwise. We know so many who need our pastoral care to fill the voids they suffer and look to us to be their snack.

Who needs me to walk with them, anoint them, and bring kindness and care, feeding their hunger?

Let Us Pray:

Lord God, enlighten my eyes to know the hope that belongs to me. Give us the courage and understanding to support those most in need. Feed the hungers of our world and make all satisfied in the choices that call us to be your servants through Christ our Lord.

 

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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.