Not very long ago, there was an email going around about stickers found on the refrigerators in different kitchens.

“A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen and this

kitchen is delirious.”

“A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.”

“If we are what we eat, then I’m easy, fast, and


“Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigera-


“My next house will have no kitchen, just vend-

ing machines.”

“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.”

Does it say anything? Well, what I got from it is people’s casual way of looking at life and food. Jesus, through today’s gospel shepherds us beyond this attitude. Food gets meaning only against the backdrop of hunger. In order to be

able to enjoy food, one needs to be hungry. When one enjoys the food, she is satisfied. A satisfied life is a meaningful life.

The dissatisfaction caused by junk food, our hunger of things of least value and the subsequent meaningless life will put us deeper into holes we are digging for ourselves. Our mis- guided hungers and our craving for death accumulating substitutes-for-real-life lead us to the path of spiritual stagnation.

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God,

made known through Jesus Christ.” (Blaise Pas- cal) “I am the Bread …”, says Jesus. Do the people of today’s gospel passage get


Do we get it?