Posted By Colleen Moran on March 1, 2015
May our Lord give you His peace.
I hope that you are all off to a good start with Lent. It is such a good time of year to enter into our selves and spend some time in introspection and self-examination of conscience. I pray that you will all be blessed with much fruit as a result of your Lenten practices and be blessed abundantly. Here is a little food for thought this Lent.
“They ate and had their fill, and what they craved the Lord gave them; they were not disappointed in what they craved.” Ps 78:29-30
Have you ever heard the expression; “you are what you eat.” I don’t think this was meant to be a scientific fact. Just imagine yourself turning into a pig because you happen to like bacon, or a rabbit if you eat too much salad. Try to imagine yourself with feathers, if you happen to like chicken. It sounds funny. However, there is some very real truth behind this statement. God made all living things connected and dependent on each other. You know how it goes; the big fish eats the little fish. The bird eats the fish. The cat eats the bird. The dog eats the cat. The lion eats the dog and so on and so forth. If we don’t eat, we will die. If we eat what is not good for us, we will get sick and die. Through our food, we become what we are, what God created our bodies to be. Food is what keeps our bodies alive. So in a very real sense, we are what we eat.
What does Jesus mean when He says: “take and eat, this is my body.” Matt 26:26 And again, what does He mean when He says: “Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you.” John 6:53. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT! Jesus says: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in Him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” John 6: 54-58. Do you know that Jesus lost many of His followers because of this statement? Many could not believe Him, because they knew He was talking literally and did not believe that He could be present in the bread and wine. Those who took Him literally were so convinced if this truth that they defended it with their very lives.
If we are so inter-connected through nature. It is only reasonable to believe that we could all be part of the body of Christ. We can believe that when we eat His body and drink His blood we become Christ, because Christ now lives in us. If He lives in us we have life eternal, just like He does. How can this be so hard to understand? How should we live this truth?
Pope Francis noted in His Jan 27th released Lenten message that often times when we live a comfortable lifestyle, we become indifferent. He called it “A globalization of indifference.” He urges us to fight “individualism” with “merciful hearts.” He said: “During Mass, we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no room for indifference that so often seems to possess our hearts.” He asks us: “Do we take refuge in a universal love that would embrace the whole world, while failing to see Lazarus sitting before our closed doors?” What he means is that it’s all about all of us; the body of Christ. As individuals, we are tempted to become “indifferent.” “Flooded with news reports and troubling images of human suffering, we often feel our complete inability to help,” he observed. Pope Francis explained, “Both praying together as a community and performing small acts of charity are concrete ways that can prevent us from getting “caught up in the spiral of distress and powerlessness.” Pope Francis concluded by praying that each person receive a “heart that is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart that is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference. (Catholic Register Feb 8-21st. pg 5). This should make us all feel challenged this Lent. Are we what we eat? Or are we just indifferent?
Thank you Friar Suppliers for your donations and prayers for this ministry to the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal and our mission in Haiti. Without all of you, we could not do any of this work. We are the Body of Christ. We are a community of believers, sharing, caring and reaching out to those who need us.
I want to tell you what I call a “God story.” A “God story” is something that happens in your day that reflects the presence of God. Last week was on Feb 10th, we were extremely busy here in our florist shop preparing for Valentines Day. We were all busier than one- handed wallpaper hangers. My husband Charlie decided he had to go out into the freezing garage and pack up ten barrels of food to ship to Haiti immediately. I thought he was crazy! Does it have to be done right now? I asked. Can’t it wait a week until Valentines Day has passed? No, he had to do it immediately. So off he went, outside to the garage, while the rest of the staff was busy pulling their hair out with work to do. When Charlie finished his packing of ten barrels, he called the shipper to arrange for pick up. To all of our surprise, the shipper said he would come immediately, because the boat would be leaving the next day. The next boat would not be for another three week. You can’t imagine the hunger that the people in Haiti deal with every day. Charlie knows how much they depend on the food that Friar Suppliers send. However, he had no idea when it needed to be shipped. He just responded to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He allowed God to use him and he responded obediently. Of course, the work got done in the store as it always does. Allowing God to use us will fill our lives with many “God stories.” It may be just a little thing but “God stories” make life exciting and full of joy. If you have a “God story” you would like to share, send it to me and maybe I’ll print it in another newsletter.
Thank you for your donations and prayers. God bless you with a Holy Lent.
Jesus, we trust in you,
Joan & Charlie Moran
Eileen & Rich Garbe