to be without food…

In THE WAY OF THE WOLF, a marvelous little book by Martin Bell, there is a short chapter titled “Hunger and Hurricanes.” Here is the opening paragraph:

TO be human is to be hungry. All children are hungry. They are born hungry. Most children are always hungry. Some children are starving. It is terrifying to see a starving child. It is more terrifying to be a starving child. Starvation is horrible. To be without food is hell.

To be without food is hell.

A billion of my family lives in hell. They suffer daily from what you and I take for granted, misuse, overindulge in and waste without a second thought. Children die daily by the thousands for lack of food we throw away.

Jesus said that man cannot live by bread alone. He said that to hungry men and women. He said that to hungry children, as well. He also said to his followers, “You give them something to eat.”

To be without food is hell. A billion of my family live in hell on earth. That saddens me. I think it saddens the Christ even more.

Lord, have mercy on us.