Holy God, you have made of one blood all nations that dwell upon earth. Look with mercy upon us, and drive away our evil passions of fear and hatred. Grant that united in good will we may live together in charity and joy, each in the praise of great achievements, in rivalry of good and beneficent deeds, and sharing in truthful and just dealings with one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I often talk about the need for a global movement of people committed to a world without hunger. I continue to talk about it because I truly feel that is what is required to end this unnecessary evil. Thousands of our brothers and sisters die daily from lack of sufficient food when we all know there is enough for all. No one on this perfectly created planet needs to go to bed hungry, much less suffer a lifetime of want and malnutrition.
Good will, compassion and charity are all nice, but none of these are sufficient to end hunger. We will never see an end to hunger until those of us who are not hungry understand the glorious opportunity we have to change the world forever. We have the power to end hunger in our lifetime. We just need to develop the moral will to make it happen.
We need a global movement willing to challenge outdated and immoral systems and philosophies that hold millions in poverty. We need an international force for good that defies the accepted norms of our egocentric and consumer-oriented society. We need a global movement that is willing to stand up and speak out for those too weak and powerless to do it for themselves.
My wife sent me a wonderful quote last night that might just become my new mantra. It is is a perfect starting point for a global movement to end hunger in our lifetime. How do we create a world without hunger? The answer begins here:
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. It is now time to change the things I cannot accept.”
I do not accept we have to live in a world where 25,000 of my family die every single day from hunger when there is more than enough food for all. I believe it is time to change that. I want a world without hunger. What about you?