In our current message series called, Bare Necessities, we’ve been exploring the many ways that God provides for us. The premise of the series is that we already have enough of everything and all we really need are the bare necessities that God gives us.
Two weeks ago, we looked at how God gives us sacred sleep, providing time and space for rest, peace, and renewal, so that he can re-create us again and again in his image and guide us to new beginnings. Last week, we saw how God gives us divine protection when we trust in him. Like the ancient Israelites who were freed from slavery, led into the promised land under the protection of a heavy cloud, and nurtured by the Lord like a gardener who cultivates a precious plant, he also fortifies and shields us from the many harms that we could not survive on our own.
This week, we consider how God gives us spiritual food, feeding us with finest wheat. Despite assertions to the contrary, the Earth actually provides enough nutrition to sustain a growing global population. Rather, it is human injustice that prevents the fair apportionment of the world’s goods to all who need them.
On the other hand, God provides not merely physical sustenance but also spiritual nourishment. What happens when that runs out? What happens when our sense of meaning dries up, when our relationships irreconcilably sour, when the one remaining thing that we thought would give us purpose and satisfaction in life is taken away without warning? How do we cope when once fertile ground becomes a desert and the promised land that seemed so stable begins to quake under our feet? Where do we turn when God does not provide?
The readings from the Bible at this weekend’s Mass teach us how to cope in those times. Here’s what we can learn:
Listen to our message to fill in the blanks and discover for yourself what to do when the spiritual food runs out.
--Father Roger Gustafson, Pastor
Father Roger Gustafson