Reading the gospel from John for this Sunday, one realizes that Jesus touched people in many ways. He was aware of their hunger for food and shared what was available with the crowds that gathered. It seems that those who followed him were hungry for more than food for their physical needs but were hungry for love that would fill the inner needs of their souls. Jesus healed physical needs and healed the brokenness of those who did not feel loved.
If we examine our own needs we might find that it is not food for the body that we need but more importantly food for our inner self. When gathered with others a kind word, attention to stories told, lack of criticism and a genuine interest in the other provides the kind of nourishment that our soul needs. If we are to be Jesus in the world, we need to go beyond providing food for others physically. We need to provide actions and words that bring love and healing for the soul. Be honest with yourself. For what are you truly hungry?