Reflection for July 24
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This weekend, the Church throughout the world hears the prayer Jesus taught us: - Give us this day our daily bread. We are not simply praying that you and I have the bread we find delicious. We are praying for EVERYONE to have bread needed to survive.
While prayer does not change God, it sure can change us. We grow in realizing that God graces us to see that policies and systems change so that each person has the bread they need. People who work at essential jobs - nurse’s aides, teacher aids and med techs cannot pay rent and buy basic food for their families. Some cannot afford transportation to and from work and so walk to work, some walk several miles each way. The last 30 years has seen a gilded age arise where the disparity between the rich and the poor is wider than at any time in our history; it is even wider then in 1928, and you know what happened in 1929. Some CEOs take a much greater portion of a company’s assets than ever before even while laying off workers and cutting back on production. Since Kodak and Xerox have taken a hit, locally, many local support services and shops have folded. Still the rich grow richer as the poor and middle class grow poorer. In the United States in 2007, 25% of college faculty were not bringing home enough to cover rent, transportation and food, even while teaching in 3 local colleges. As we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” God inspires us to create living wage jobs for quality essential services. And I ask God to help me cut back on my own hungers so that others have bread.
Deni Mack, D. Min.