Our Food

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Fact is: The Lord does not want for us to go hungry. We read at Mass today how He fed a multitude for which two-hundred days’ wages could not have bought enough food. On Sunday we will read about how He appeared to the hungry Apostles by the Sea of Galilee and gave them a nice breakfast. And He promised that, in His kingdom, we will sit at table, and He will wait on us.

The hand of the Lord feeds us. I for one love tamales, spring rolls, penne alla vodka, pancakes, pork barbecue, shrimp scampi, cannolis, mac’n’cheese with little chunks of Virginia ham, crisp apples, raisin bran, kippered herring, Greek salads, veal cutlets, prosciutto e melone, pad thai…

cannoliBut man does not live on bread alone. Man lives on bread and the truth. The Word of God, Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, the Chalice of Everlasting salvation.

Sometimes we should fast from earthly food. Our bishops have asked us to fast today, in fact, that the Supreme Court will uphold the Defense of Marriage Act. Sometimes we should feast and drink champagne.

But every day, no matter what day it is—Lent, Easter, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, even Saturday—baseball, basketball, football, or soccer season—every day, we need food for our souls. Christ. He feeds us.

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Quotes worth Considering

“I’ve heard that under this new legislation, smoking will be restricted to a single house in the geographic center of each state…Some people say that the government is becoming the health police. I don’t know about that, but if they ever come after me for my bacon, they’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers.”–Carleton Bryant

“[The clergy] must be dignified, not deceitful, not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain, holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.” –St. Paul (I Timothy 3:9)

“I do repent: but heaven hath pleased it so,
To punish me with this and this with me,
That I must be their scourge and minister.” Hamlet (Act III, Scene iv)

This quote from Hamlet is the key to understanding the play.

More on all of this later…

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