The Healing of Many People
For us Filipinos, we have a question that is typical of us by which I’m sure this replaces the question, ‘How are you?’ The question is, ‘Kumain kana ba?’ Just look at our fiesta celebrations, there are plenty of food prepared and not to mention the many restaurants found in cities and malls which are always full of people enjoying their meal. We entertain our visitors with food. Our celebrations are incomplete without food.
Food is important because without food, we die. God created us organically who need to eat food in order to continue to live. That is why part of His creation is the food we need for our daily existence. But why are there people dying every day because of hunger? For example, this U.S. News and World Report last October 21, 1991 that there are people who are continually hungry like: people in Ethiopia-20%, Sudan-20%, Mozambique- 30-40% and yet American adults currently on diets are 19%. The answer to the question is because of greed. The planet earth can produce enough food to feed every human being, according to U.N. Report. But the people who produce the food are too greedy to share with the poor people. Unlike Jesus in today’s gospel, because His heart was moved with pity, Jesus feeds the people with material food before He dismisses them.
Greed, according to Sir Fred Catherwood, (Evangelicals Now September, 1994) is “the logical result of the belief that there is no life after death. We grab what we can while we can however we can and then hold on to it hard.”
Men who trap animals in Africa for zoos in America say that one of the hardest animals to catch is the ring-tailed monkey. For the Zulus of that continent, however, it’s simple. They’ve been catching this agile little animal with ease for years. The method the Zulus use is based on knowledge of the animal. Their trap is nothing more than a melon growing on a vine. The seeds of this melon are a favorite of the monkey. Knowing this, the Zulus simply cut a hole in the melon, just large enough for the monkey to insert his hand to reach the seeds inside. The monkey will stick his hand in, grab as many seeds as he can, then start to withdraw it. This he cannot do. His fist is now larger than the hole. The monkey will pull and tug, screech and fight the melon for hours. But he can’t get free of the trap unless he gives up the seeds, which he refuses to do. Meanwhile, the Zulus sneak up and nab him.
Advent is a preparation for the coming of the Lord and can be celebrated everyday with the eyes of faith and loving heart. Do we wonder why we still wake up and rise from bed everyday? Are we not surprised that there is always food on our table whereas many of our brothers and sisters do not even have a table or food to place on their tables? At the end let us reflect these words of Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD: “We must learn to be generous so that we can be blessed. We must learn to let go and to let God. Yes, we must learn to share. We must learn to subtract first before we can multiply.”