March 28: Hungry
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In our modern world of comfort and convenience, we don’t necessarily experience physical hunger that often. We can deal with our physical hunger fairly quickly in most situations.
But we have a lot of different hungers. We have spiritual hungers, and emotional hungers, and intellectual hungers. There’s hunger around every aspect of the human person, and getting in touch with our hunger is one of the great spiritual gifts. It’s actually a derivative gift from the gift of awareness that we spoke about earlier in Best Lent Ever.
How aware are we of what’s going on around us? How aware are we of what’s going on within us? Do we know what we’re hungry for? Do you know what you’re hungry for at this time in your life?
We read in the Scriptures that Jesus came to feed the hungry and to heal the sick. And obviously a very literal reading of the Scriptures could say, “Well, I’m not hungry, and I’m not sick.” But we are. We are hungry. We are sick. Do we know our hunger? Do we know our sickness?
I was talking to a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. He was reading Resisting Happiness, and he just got done with the chapter on hunger. My friend is a very, very successful professional athlete, and I said to him, “So, what did you work out?” He said, “You know, to be honest, I’m hungry for community.” He went on basically to say that being famous as a sporting figure and being wealthy as a sporting figure are both impediments to authentic community.
I think we all yearn for that. We might not have those impediments, but I think we all yearn for that community. We all yearn to belong. Why do kids go off and join gangs? Why do people go off and join cults? Why do people get themselves into these situations? Because we have this yearning for community; we have this hunger to belong.
What are you hungry for? Maybe you’re hungry for community, or maybe you’re hungry for something else, but we’re all hungry for something. And Jesus came to feed the hungry.
Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness
We are all hungry for something.
Write down everything you are hungry for at this time in your life.
God, I need you. Give me the patience and awareness to let my hunger for things of this world lead me to the deeper need and yearning that I have for you.
Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Aurora Patag. Aurora is one of our mission partners. She comes to us from Cincinnati, Ohio. Aurora has lived in seven states and three countries, speaks Tagalog fluently, and worked as a chef for six years.
What are you hungry for?
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