Today is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. I want to recognize that many of the thoughts and images in this post come from Father Tom Doyle, the Director of Andre House in Phoenix, Arizona, a place where hospitality is extended to the homeless through feeding and meeting immediate needs. Father Tom knows a little about feeding the hungry.
Have you ever wandered around your kitchen, opening cabinets, opening the refrigerator, looking for something but you don't know what? Or have you ever sat in front of your TV, remote in hand, flipping through the channels but not knowing what you want to see? Maybe you waste time popping around the internet, through your social media accounts, kitty videos and news websites without a specific purpose. You're looking for something, but you don't know what.
Our lives are filled with episodes of hunger: hunger for food, material things, money and love. To quote Mick Jagger, you can't always get what you want, but if you try some time, you find you get what you need. But do you really want to settle?
When the crowds followed Jesus and his disciples into the desert, they weren't sure what they wanted. They were curious, but certainly they were looking for hope and truth. The apostles weren't sure either. When they realized they had 5,000+ people without food, Jesus sent them scrounging for what little food they could find - 5 loaves and 2 fishes. At that point people weren't thinking so much about what they wanted, but what they needed.
Jesus delivered both. He multiplied the loaves and fishes. He fed over 5,000 men, women and children. Most importantly, he gave them hope and truth. He gave it to them in a tangible way. It wasn't just talk or philosophy - it was reality.
But wait - there's more! After feeding more than 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fishes, there were 12 baskets left over. You can't run out of God's mercy or generosity. It's boundless. So you will get what you want and what you need.
Don't settle - don't go hungry. Find the bread of life in Jesus.