I remember many years ago my family of origin had literally no food to eat. We were desperate: no food; no money; no help. Finally, we drove about 20 miles to beg food from a relative. He could give us only $3: 00. I will always remember that feeling of rejection. The physical hunger was frightening, but the desolation was worse. I hope you never experience that. This is what Jesus meant in today’s gospel , when he exclaimed, “Whoever comes to me will never hunger.” Jesus is not promising us physical food, but spiritual comfort and consolation. God is with you whatever  desolation or deprivation you suffer. These biblical stories breathe of divine compassion and human solace. You are not alone in the desert. Christ walks with you amidst the sultry sands.

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