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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Jul 30, 2021

 Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …


The multiplication of the loaves not only prefigures the institution of the Blessed Eucharist on Holy Thursday. The miracle also draws attention to the ambivalent nature of hunger.

Ordinary hunger often gets in our way, and hunger gnaws at us every day. It can disrupt schedules and lives. Daily meals cost us time and treasure and reduce time on the job. The satiated person remains satisfied only for a few hours or overnight until ever-increasing hunger pangs remind him of the need for more nourishment. So many of us gobble fast food merely to kill hunger—like topping off a gas tank. We may wonder whether it is more efficient to inhibit the hunger impulse rather than feed it. …

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