“Following the instructions of Jesus, the Dietician and the Nutritionist of our Lives, Who wants to make us fit and fine and agile in our spiritual life!”
(Based on 1 Cor 7:25-31 and Lk 6:20-26 – Wednesday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time)
Dieticians and Nutritionists offer various advices and tips on how to have a healthy lifestyle
For eg…they point out diverse foods that can be either beneficial or be harmful for good health
• Too much of caffeine affects the body.
• Certain foods leads to cholesterol and may cause heart diseases.
• Fruits and vegetables with vitamins and other nutrients, anti-oxidants etc supply greater energy and vitality.
Many follow this routine and practice in their lifestyle…
Some to reduce; some to maintain!
Some to stay fit; some forced due to their ill-health!
Whatever be the motive…
… there seems to be a principle behind this: “Your health is what you eat”
A similar principle can also be perhaps applied to the spiritual realm:
“Your spiritual health is what you seek and feed your soul”
The Gospel of the Day says in Luke 6:21, “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled”
We are given a challenge to inspect and examine: How is my Spiritual Appetite?
What is the craving that I have for God and His Kingdom?
Am I really hungering for what matters most in my life?
Do I give the highest precedence to the Lord and His Will in my life?
Perhaps, some of us have not known real hunger…
… or we have kinda got used to getting our food…
Hunger to us may mean…
… waiting for an extra ten-fifteen minutes for food to be served
… not getting the food that I like or not being served the taste that I wish
… missing the food-time and then gulping down a meal from a roadside hotel etc..
And because we don’t realize much the importance of the word HUNGER, we perhaps fail to grasp the urgency and the importance when Jesus says, “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled”!
We tend to satisfy our hunger…
… through the food of amassing enormous wealth and money
… through the food of acquiring many titles and positions and power
… through the food of many unhealthy practices and habits and addictions
But the Lord says, “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled”
Filled with what?
Food? Money? Long life? Promotions? A perfect family? A trouble-free life?
Mt 11:28 says, “Come to me…”!
It’s in Jesus alone – GOD ALONE – that all our hunger can be satisfied and all our cravings be fulfilled!
If we are hungry, let us go and eat of the Bread of Life!
If we are thirsty, let us go and drink of the Water of Life!
If we are weary or heavy laden, let us go to His Heart and find rest!
If we are guilty, let us go to Him, the Saviour and be forgiven!
If we are far from God, let us go to Him and be reconciled in His arms!
Yes… in the Kingdom of God, everything begins with a hunger… a craving… a search… a seeking…!
This is what St Augustine said, “O God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you!”
St Paul reminds of the passing nature of the world, “For the form of this world is passing away.” (1 Cor 7:31)
Perhaps we need to reverse and turn upside the way we have been thinking and perceiving…
a. Maybe we have been thinking that riches and material prosperity is that which really matters in life…
But Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor…the Kingdom of God is yours”
Have we discovered and experienced Him as the only One who is the True Richness and the Authentic Treasure of our lives?
b. Maybe we have been thinking that we are totally satisfied with great food and our every taste is fulfilled..
But Jesus says, “Blessed are you who are hungry… you will be filled”
Have we discovered and experienced Him as the only One who can truly satisfy the hunger and thirst of our lives?
c. Maybe we have been thinking that we are quite happy in life and all our leisure and entertainments give us so much joy
But Jesus says, “Blessed are you who weep…you will laugh”
Have we discovered and experienced Him as the only One who can bless us with true joy and genuine happiness in our lives?
d. Maybe we have been thinking that we are quite safe when all people praise and flatter us in life, especially when we gain popularity at the cost of some Gospel values or virtues of life
But Jesus says,” Blessed are you when people hate you because of Me…a great reward is kept for you”
Have we discovered and experienced Him as the only One who is worth facing all difficulties and problems in order to be standing up for our Christian values and principles?
Our spiritual health depends very much on what we really seek for and what we feed our souls.
Jesus, the Dietician and the Nutritionist of our Lives, today, wants to make us fit and fine and agile in our spiritual life.
Come, let us make the necessary changes in our life so that we may enjoy better health and life…
… in the Lord!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Perfection does not lie in avoiding