The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty—it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God. Mother Teresa
Meditation: Our society promises the satisfaction of all our needs. Highest speed internet for even more information… Unlimited food at the “all you can eat” restaurant… Speed dating so we don’t miss “Mr. Right”… And yet many of us feel often lonely in the midst of a crowd. We feel empty, though we just ate a big meal. We feel objectified by being judged based on our outer appearance. The promises of what money can do for us don’t hold, don’t last, don’t “do the trick” of convincing us that we are loved.
The thirst and hunger for unconditional acceptance is real and deep. Our emotional and spiritual poverty is not as apparent as others’ external poverty. And yet we suffer from lack of acceptance, lack of belonging and lack of love. And many of us forget that God is not equal with religion. That God does not “live in a church”. But that God is Spirit. God is living water and living bread. God is the healing balm that wants to end loneliness, wants to liberate us from all the distractions that keep us hostage and that blind us in the illusion that they are giving us what we need.
Prayer: Life giving God, reveal to us our poverty. Respond and fill our need for belonging, for unconditional acceptance, for true love, and for a community that holds deeper values than our society’s norms of us needing “more stuff and consuming”. God, help us see and admit that we are starving for You. Amen
Amos 8:11 The time is coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.