October 17

Reflection

Yesterday was UN World Food Day. According to the estimates of United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization one in seven persons in our world is undernourished. Reflect on the human suffering behind that. What if those who have an abundance of material goods would commitment themselves to a simpler lifestyle and share their overabundance with those who do not have the resources to feed themselves? The petition “Give us this day our daily bread,” is in the plural. This prayer becomes authentic when it leads to a sincere commitment of solidarity in explicit ways. The Christian cannot hide behind an attitude of selfishness.

We approach God in union with one another. We are invited to see the face of God in the face of our neighbor, the neighbor we are obliged to be interested in, especially when he or she is weak and lacks necessary nourishment.” For I was hungry and you gave me no food.” These words of Jesus enable us to understand the deep significance in God’s eyes of meeting the fundamental needs of every man and woman. Care for the hungry and needy is an essential part of the Christian message and of traditional Catholic moral teaching.

Prayer

May I take seriously the words ”Give us this day our daily bread.”

Action

Learn about hunger in your neighborhood, and what life is like for the hungry people living near you.
Volunteer to work in a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
Raise awareness of hunger issues in your family, neighborhood, workplace, church and/or school.
Write or telephone your elected officials, telling them about your concerns for the hungry

Suggested Reading

I want you to share your bread with the hungry, shelter the homeless poor, remove the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free.
Isaiah 58:6-7

If your brothers and sisters have nothing to wear and no food for the day, and you say to them, “Good-bye and good luck! Keep warm and well-fed,” but do not meet their bodily needs, what good is that?
James 2:15-17

For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; sick, and you took care of me; in prison, and you came to visit me.
Matthew 25:35-36

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.
Cesar Chavez

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
Mahatma Gandhi

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.
Hélder Câmara

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hungry people cannot be good at learning or producing anything, except perhaps violence.
Pearl Bailey

I can’t think of any issue that is more important than working to see that no schoolchild in this world goes hungry.
Drew Barrymore

The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.
Dr.Walden Bello

The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.
Norman Borlaug

Most of our citizenry believes that hunger only affects people who are lazy or people who are just looking for a handout, people who don’t want to work, but, sadly, that is not true. Over one-third of our hungry people are innocent children who are members of households that simply cannot provide enough food or proper nutrition. And to think of the elderly suffering from malnutrition is just too hard for most of us. Unlike Third World nations, in our country the problem is not having too little – it is about not caring enough! Write your elected representatives and promote support for the hungry.
Erin Brockovich

Note: This year the theme for the day is Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. The theme has been chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and the solutions to food security and ridding the world of hunger. The day is also about raising awareness and calling for changes to our agriculture and food supply systems.

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