H is for HUNGER

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Do you wish to honour the body of Christ? 
Do not ignore him when he is naked. 
Do not pay him homage in the temple clad in silk, 
only then to neglect him outside where he is cold and ill-clad. 
He who said: ‘This is my body’ is the same who said: 
‘You saw me hungry and you gave me no food’, and 
‘Whatever you did to the least of my brothers you did also to me’ … 
What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices 
when your brother is dying of hunger. 
Start by satisfying his hunger and then with what is left 
you may adorn the altar as well”: 
–Saint John Chrysostom, In Evangelium S. Matthaei, hom. 50:3-4: PG 58, 508-509

When someone steals another’s clothes we call him a thief.  
Should we notgive the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not?  The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; 
the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the person who needs it; 
the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the person who has no shoes; 
the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.
–​Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea
Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could 
–St. Gregory Nazianzen

I was hungry and you fed me.
— Jesus

[Thanksgiving Day is in two weeks. Consider giving food or making a donation to a Food Pantry. Last year the Sacred Heart Food Pantry distributed 150 food baskets and 100 turkeys the week before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day parishioners served 150 dinners in a local high rise with subsidized rent. Then on the Friday after Thanksgiving, thieves broke into the church and stole copper pipe and wire. But that’s another story.]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to H is for HUNGER

  1. Ralph Modena says:

    I really enjoyed this post! The quote from Basil the Great is fantastic and should be revisited some Sunday! Ralph

  2. Bobbie Showalter says:

    thank you Father Paul

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