There was a potato chip company whose slogan was: “bet you can’t eat just one.” Well they were right and I’m a witness to that. In the past Dove Ice Cream bars were larger and packaged two to a carton and having one was a real treat. Now they are smaller and three to a carton. Well, now I find myself not being able to just eat one and before you know it the carton is empty. When we find something that delights us we often cannot stop ourselves but long for more. Many of the people at the time of Jesus’ ministry were longing for the Messiah to come and save them. The miracle signs that Jesus was performing for people peaked their curiosity and wonderment: “Could this one be the Messiah of God?” Because the Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels, the Church Liturgical Schedule inserts six Sundays during ordinary time with passages from the Gospel of John, Chapter six. Last week we heard proclaimed the message of the multiplication of the loaves. Jesus and His disciples leave after the event and the crowd, now being satisfied physically, began to search for Him. Finding Him Jesus says: “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled” John 6:26. Jesus challenges them to recognize what they really are hungering for not for where their next meal will come from, nor to see the next miracle sign but their inner longing for God’s Kingdom and God’s reign in their lives. It is God Almighty that will satisfy our hungry hearts; our inner longings. In our American society, overeating is often but a sign and symptom of a more serious issue that remains unresolved. Our intense desire for material goods is but an effort to fill our hunger for what truly will satisfy. During these summer months let us take the time to recognize our deepest longings. What is it that will really satisfy our life’s hunger? Will it be Jesus, the Messiah and Christ of God? “You satisfy the hungry heart, with gift of finest wheat. Come give to us Oh sacred Lord, the Bread of Life to eat.”
THIS YEAR’S MISSION COOPERATIVE GUEST Sr. Leanne Kerschner of the Sisters of St. Francis’ missioners sent a note of thanks. “Thank you for your warm welcome to me. I am inspired with your outreach to so many brothers and sisters. I am also inspired by your generous and enthusiastic response to me as a Sister of St. Francis speaking on behalf of the missions and our missions in particular. God’s abundant blessings to you as you continue to touch the lives of so many brothers and sisters…. Peace & Love, Sr. Leanne.