From the Parochial Vicar

Posted on: Jun 04, 2017

From the Office of the Parochial Vicar…

We all know how powerful physical hunger can be but the hunger of the human spirit goes beyond the hunger for basic food and drink. We need food for the body as well as food for the soul. Both are necessary but Jesus gives priority to spiritual food. That is why he says in Matthew 4:4 “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
When Jesus multiplied bread, he showed people a sign pointing to the higher spiritual food however we see the crowd in the gospel running for more bread. They want to make him king, a king who fills the human stomach with bread. Jesus tells them: “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life” (John 6:26-27). Jesus did not want to be identified primarily with feeding stomachs. He has come to nourish the human spirit with the food.
When we seek only physical comfort we will never be fully satisfied. The people of Israel kept complaining throughout their journey in the desert. They were not patient to wait for the sumptuous food in the Promised Land. Let us ask ourselves this week: “Did I grumble during last week?
Who is our great guide in this process? She was there at Cana for this spiritual journey? She is our heavenly mother. Blessed Virgin Mary. One priest shared this story about a woman’s devotion to Mary. While on her death bed she told the priest, “Father, she means the world to me. I’ve always had a great and tender love for her. When I was two my father died. And when I was six, I was orphaned when my mother suddenly passed away. I was put into a Catholic orphanage, and I was devastated. The first Sunday at Mass, I cried and cried during the Mass—until the priest began his homily. He spoke so beautifully about Our Lady. After Mass, I felt compelled to go to the statue of Our Lady. I knelt down before her and I looked up into her eyes and I made a deal with her. I said to her, ‘Mary, your son never had a sister. And I no longer have a mother. I promise that I will be your son’s sister all the days of my life if you will be a mother to me.” Two hours before she died, this 82-year old woman said, “Father, in my entire life, she has never failed me.
Thanks for your devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. Thanks for your participation in the Rosary participation on May 13th.
Fr. Niby Kannai, CMI
Order of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate