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Reflection: On Poverty and Hunger

Reflection: On Poverty and Hunger

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Published by: Catholic Charities USA on Dec 05, 2012
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Reections on Poverty 
Hunger 
Introduction
Catholic Charities USA 
Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America 
has our main priorities: toreduce hunger, to ensure universal health care coverage, to oster economic security and tocreate more aordable housing.Te purpose o this reection paper is to provide Catholic Charities employees theopportunity to become better acquainted with the Campaign to Reduce Poverty anddiscover new possibilities or action at the local level concerning the issue o hunger. Temethod employed is airly simple. Participants will participate in a process that involvesa series o prayer moments, inormation on church documents and CCUSA’s
Poverty in America 
, reection questions, and group discussions. Trough content, discussion, prayerand reection you will be able to discern your personal response and the response o youragency to the hunger crisis in our world.
 Mary Beth Steiner Director o Program Services and Mission Development Catholic Charities, Diocese o Wichita 
 
 
Opening Prayer
Leader:
Let us take a moment and remind ourselves that we are in the presence o God.Let us pray. How marvelous is your world O Lord! You have given us thegrains o the elds, the water rom the seas to sustain and eed us. Help us tobe good stewards, to care or the git we have been given, to ensure that allhave enough to eat. As we gather today open our hearts and minds to your wisdom. Remind us that whatever we do or those who are hungry, we do oryou. Be with us as we listen to your Word.
Introduction
Have you ever considered the important role ood plays in our lives? Not just or nutrition, but also to mark events? Many o us have ond memorieso gathering around the dinner table or Tanksgiving dinner, or birthdays,Sunday dinners, time to be with amily and riends. And then consider other times we celebrate with ood: weddings, the sacramentso baptism and Eucharist, having lunch with riends. Ater a uneral, the dinnerthat ollows provides an opportunity to share memories o our loved one, tond comort in the meal and in one another. We send treats to school or ourchildrens birthdays. And nally, what would the Super Bowl be without ood?Families also have special oods or special occasions: tamales on Christmas,black-eyed peas on New Year’s or luck, hamburgers and hotdogs on the 4tho July. Food is a very important part o our lives!
Process
 What role does ood play in those important times in your lie? What are the ‘special oods’ or your amily?
Refection
 We also hear rom scripture the importance o ood. Jesus’ public ministry began with the wedding east at Cana. He spent part o his last evening onearth at the Last Supper with his loved ones.In the parable o the loaves and sh, Jesus was concerned with the hunger o the crowd. Although he was God and could have created ood, he relied onthose present to share what they had, in order that all may be ed.
 A reading from Matthew (Mt. 14: 14-21)
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity or them, and he cured their sick.When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “Tis is a deserted  place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy ood or themselves.” 
 
 
(Jesus) said to them, “Tere is no need or them to go away; give them some ood  yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fsh are all we have here.” Ten he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. aking the fve loaves and the two fsh, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.Tey all ate and were satisfed, and they picked up the ragments let over – twelve wicker baskets ull.Tose who ate were about fve thousand men, not counting women and children.
Process
 What is God saying to you in this reading? What is your responsibility in ‘eeding the hungry?
Prayer
Leader:
Lord, hear our prayers as we gather.
Leader:
For our government ocials, that they see adequate nutrition or all people as a basic human right and pass legislation to ensure that right, we pray to the Lord:
 All:
Lord, hear our prayer 
Leader 
:For the people o our country, that they realize the care o the poor is everyone’sresponsibility, we pray to the Lord:
 All:
Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader:
For the elderly widow or retired couple, whose social security doesnt stretchar enough or groceries, we pray to the Lord:
 All:
Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader:
For the homeless, or whom every day is a challenge to eat, we pray to the Lord:
 All:
Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader:
For struggling amilies working two jobs in order to eed and clothe theirchildren, we pray to the Lord:
 All:
 
Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader:
Loving God, you cared or the widow, the orphan, those rejected by society.

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