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Lorida, Florida
Tir De , Gaelic for "God's Country"

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Spiritual Reflections
by Fr. Sean C. Mulcahy,

“ Jesus Christ – Our Bread”

     A blog on the internet written by someone who calls himself the Internet Monk recently told about a church in Texas that holds a community meal every Thursday.  They invite in the homeless.  At first 15 to 20 showed up, but now after five years, the church welcomes 200 homeless; and the congregation sit down with them and eats.  Afterwards they worship around the tables; they announce this beforehand so that those who don’t feel comfortable can leave. Mother Teresa has said: “Many people are talking about the poor, but very few people talk to the poor”. That’s why the incredible example of that church in Texas speaks volumes. They even put table cloths and flowers on the tables. In this context I came across the following quote from St. Basil the Great: “The bread in your box belongs to the hungry.  The cloak in your closet belongs to the naked. The shoes you do not wear belong to the barefoot. The money in your vault belongs to the destitute”.

Mike Barrett, in his book The Danger Habit, tells how difficult it is for highly competitive people to be compassionate. He tells about men who tried to climb Mount Everest in 2006 and some of the choices they were forced to make. He tells of a fifty year old climber, Lincoln Hall, who was left for dead by his team, and other passing climbers, on the side of that treacherous mountain. In the process they saved his life – but they gave up their own opportunity to make it up Everest.
As you know Pope Francis has just written an encyclical :The Cry of the Earth and the Poor He says : “Human life is grounded by three relationships – those between God, neighbor and earth. Pope Francis states: “ A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.  Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption”. This is a moral issue, a christian challenge we have to seriously address for future generations. What about our children??

Our second reading from Paul: “Brothers and sisters, I a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace .  “Our first and third readings strongly drive home the point that when we bring God into the picture-with Jesus blessing us and our ‘feeding of others’ there will be some left over.”The hand of the Lord feeds us, he answers all our needs.”
























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