O God, we give thanks for the progress that has been made against hunger in your world. Grant strength and relief to all those who still struggle to get enough to eat. Give courage and wisdom to our country’s leaders so that they might make ending hunger a national priority. And inspire us to fulfill your will that daily bread be a reality for everyone on your earth. We pray in the name of Jesus, who is our Bread of Life. Amen.
A recent prayer from Bread for the World, a Christian advocacy organization that encourages all Christians to turn our faith into action for the poor and hungry.
Nowdays, we are confronted by a huge gap between the rich and the poor. This is not only morally wrong, but practically a mistake. It leads to the rich living in anxity and the poor living in frustration, which has the potential to lead to more violence. We have to work to reduce this gap. It’s truly unfair that some people should have so much while others go hungry. — The Dalai Lama
The gap between the rich and the poor is huge. But that gap is not only between those of us who have and those of us who have not. That gap is the gap between us and being good. That is the gap between us and a moral lifestyle, the gap between us and living justly. The gap between us who have and those of our family who have not is the gap between us and walking humbly with our Creator.
The huge gap between the rich and the poor confronts us with a daily choice. How should we live in a hungry world? Do we respond to the cries of the hungry, or do we refuse to hear and look the other way?
It is truly unfair, writes the Dalai Lama, that some have so much while others lack their daily bread. It’s unjust, and we all know it. What are we going to do about it?
“If we are going to stop wars on this earth, we are going to have to make war on hunger our number one priority.”
— David W. Brooks, member, Presidential Commission on World Hunger
There will never be peace without justice. And there will never be justice without an end to the unnecessary suffering of those that lack daily bread. Brooks is right. If we truly desire peace our real enemy is hunger.
Over 25,000 of our family will die today of hunger and hunger-related disease. These are victims whose unnecessary deaths mark our society as superficial, self-centered, uncaring and morally bankrupt.
Our generation has the power to end hunger forever, yet we refuse to get involved. Making war on hunger is not a “must do” for us. It’s certainly not our number one priority. Let’s be brutally honest. Is ending hunger in our lifetime even on our list of priorities?
It’s clear who our real enemy is. Where’s the nearest mirror?