Thank you, O God, for the wonders of your creation. Thank you for the perfection of the world which your grace has provided for us. Thank you for your constant and sustaining presence in our lives. Yet, even as we praise you for your goodness and your mercy, we must ask your forgiveness, as well.
Forgive us for taking your perfect creation for granted. Forgive us for wantonly destroying the irreplaceable beauty that surrounds us. Forgive us for our unrelenting greed for more and better while ignoring the cries of our family who have little or nothing.
Grant us new vision, O God. Open our eyes wide enough to see our world even as you do. May our hearts be melted with the grief you feel for those that are forced to needlessly suffer want in a world of plenty. Help us to love each other, even as you love us. And may you so fill us with the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit that our hunger for justice would force us to act on behalf those of our family whose hunger for bread overshadows all else.
Let your justice fill the earth, O Lord. And grant each of us the grace to be a part in making it happen. In your Son’s name. Amen
The acute deadly hunger experienced during famines haunts us. The emotional images of dead and dying children, wasted bodies, empty and haunted eyes and seemingly endless lines of hungry waiting for a meager ration of life-sustaining food scream out for action. No one who has seen images of such suffering can easily forget them.
But such graphic and horrifying images often mask an even greater tragedy. That’s right. Hunger has another face. That other face is the daily hunger and under-nutrition suffered by 850 million of our human family. This is chronic hunger, the hunger that never goes away. This is the hunger that never ceases stalking the poor.
This is the hunger that never makes the evening news. It’s the invisible hunger. And it’s the hunger that kills far more than famines.
Chronic hunger is a killer. And like any killer, chronic hunger leaves in its wake anguish for the innocent victims. Chronic hunger leaves in its wake grieving parents. Chronic hunger leaves and emptiness that can never be filled.
Also, like any killer, chronic hunger also instills fear. Those stalked by chronic hunger live with a fear that never goes away.
The poor, the powerless, the hungry live in a world of abundant resources, yet they are refused access. The hungry of our family are forced to live in a world of anguish, grief and constant fear.
Ending hunger is not about numbers. It’s about basic morality. It’s about living faithfully as part of a global family.
We know we can eradicate chronic hunger. The real question is if we are faithful enough to do it. I guess in the end it all comes down to priorities, doesn’t it?