As we begin the holiest week of the year, we take time to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter. We spend time reflecting, or thinking, about what we have learned by sacrificing for others, how it feels, and who we are helping. We think about going without and how some people go without food, not by choice, but by necessity—because there is little or nothing to eat.

As we begin the holiest week of the year, we take time to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter. We spend time reflecting, or thinking, about what we have learned by sacrificing for others, how it feels, and who we are helping. We think about going without and how some people go without food, not by choice, but by necessity—because there is little or nothing to eat.

 

Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to [his] disciples to set before the people.
Mk 6:41

Jesus liked to share meals with friends. Time and again in Scripture, we see Jesus at a table, talking with friends and strangers alike. He invites everyone to have a place at the table, to know that they belong and to have their hunger met. The last days of his life were no different. During the Last Supper, Jesus challenged his disciples to help others. When he washed their feet, he was reminding them that they were called to serve those in need.

We hear Jesus’s command to feed the hungry, whether he is multiplying loaves and fish for a crowd of thousands, or simply breaking bread with friends. Jesus invites us to share what we have with all people—our global human family.

We have spent these 40 days of Lent learning about families who are both very different and yet, in some ways, very similar to our own. We have thought about food and how it affects many different parts of our lives—from our health to our ability to go to school and learn. And we’ve thought about what it means to be hungry in our world today and how we can—and should—respond.

As we prepare for Easter, take some time as a family and talk about what you have learned from these stories and activities, and what Trinh, Yvone, and Maria Ana and their families have taught you.

Their stories of hope celebrate the many lives our Lenten journey has touched. What we did for Lent changes lives—both in our community and in our world.

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