Friday, March 3, 2017

Are You Hungry For God?

BEADS OF JOY 03-03-17
“Are You Hungry For God?”
©2017 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:14-15 (Question About Fasting)
“Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

Do you hunger for God when you are hungry or when you are full? Or does it even matter? Or am I even only talking about food when it comes to real hunger? Inside each of us there are hunger pangs when we are starving or hungry. Do you really know what it means to have no food or barely enough food to feel full in anyway? Our hunger for Almighty God must be like that all the time. I know what it’s like to fast for a week on water alone, I also know what it’s like to fast for fifteen days straight, I had to stop. Both of those experiences where by choice; the hunger I experienced is not the hunger I am trying to explain.

The hunger we must have for God; is like that of a child who has not eaten for days. When many of us miss a meal or a snack at TV time, we complain and get all frustrated. How many of us have no clue what it means to be hungry, I mean really hungry? In the past, when my wife Chrissy was here and we had many challenging times, we faced major food issues raising five kids. There were many a days and nights and weekends that her and I would skip our meals so our kids could eat. Our fasting wasn’t by choice, by rather by necessity so that we can properly take care of our children. But were we hungry? Yes! We experienced that so many times, too many to put a number on it, but knew our children’s health had to come first.

That hunger deep inside of us, the growling of our insides, that is what I am talking about. We need to have that type of hunger of our Lord every single day. We can’t let one day go by without that deep want for Him. Jesus must be the absolute center of everything we do, everything we think, everything we want. He alone must be the reason we wake up each day hungry for Him. Hungry for His Word. Hungry to be in His Presence. Hungry to receive Him as often as we possibly can.

Pondering these thoughts today: Today let us not forget those who are hungry. Think about friends and family who are suffering. Don’t assume. Ask them! Or if you are sure and you think they may refuse, stop by with some food. Real hunger for food we can address with mercy and love for one another. But also, keep in mind: Real hunger for God can also be addressed with mercy and love for one another. Take a friend or family member to Mass or Adoration or to a Bible Study. Think of those around you when you think of Jesus.


Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Today is Friday: We pray the Sorrowful Mysteries:

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony on the Garden (Sorrow for sin) –Matt 26:36-46
2. Scourging at the Pillar (Purity) –Mark 15:1-16
3. Crowning with Thorns (Moral Courage) –Matt 27:27-31
4. Carrying of the Cross (Patience) –Mark 15:20-22
5. The Crucifixion (Perseverance) –Luke 23:33-46

Thank you Lord for loving us so much…

Rosary Man Jim’s Sorrowful Reflection:


I share this meditation I wrote back in 2010. Here I share my own personal insight and experience, as I journey with our Lady from station to station.

Many Franciscan groups around the world use this for their own group gathering while they meditate the Stations with our Lady. It is unique and emotionally very moving as you move from station to station… From my heart to yours.