4 May 2017
For the past couple of months we’ve been thinking about a new lunch menu for school. And everybody was asked what kind of food they like; what kind of food do they really, really, really want for lunch—what makes their mouth water. And so we heard: macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, salisbury steak, chocolate milk, broccoli . . . I’m just kidding, nobody said broccoli.
It’s good to know what fills our appetite. And, you know, we have an appetite for people, too. There’re just some people who we love to spend time with, or we love to be around them. They inspire us; they make us laugh; they love us and they care about us. We want to be around them because they fill us up; they satisfy us.
And, you know, that’s how Jesus wants us to approach him. He wants us to crave him, at least as much as we crave macaroni and cheese. And he wants us to love being with him, at least as much as we love being with our friends. He wants to fill our appetite. And he has quite a feast for us!
After all, Jesus gives us the words of Sacred Scripture to “chew on,” to investigate, to dive into. That helps to satisfy our thirst for truth and knowledge. And he gives us the Eucharist to “chew on;” and he wants us to savor that and to enjoy it. The Eucharist helps to satisfy our hunger to really know that God is with us, always.
We humans have a big appetite, and we know we want. Sometimes fried chicken and chocolate milk satisfies us. Sometimes playing a game of basketball with friends satisfies us. But we humans have an even bigger appetite than all that. And that’s where God comes in. And that’s a reason why we come to the Altar of God: to be fed, to be filled up with God’s goodness, so our appetite for heaven can start to be satisfied.