Spiritually Feeding the Five Thousand

posted Jan 25, 2012, 9:34 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5: 14-16) Every parish, Catholic organization, and parishioner has at their core the mission of bringing souls to Christ. They are all being called to spiritually feed the five thousand. In every age, there have been pioneers in the Catholic evangelization world that have sought to use the most recent technology to improve how well we are able to feed our brothers and sisters. In 30 AD there was John the Baptist wearing camel hair, eating locusts, and crying out in the desert. Next, came St. Paul and his plethora of writings. Fast forward about nineteen hundred years and you have pioneers like St. Maximilian Kolbe and his newspapers of Eastern Europe and Japan, along with Archbishop Fulton Sheen on radio and eventually television. Then we see Mother Angelica and an entire television network. Most recently the papacy has risen to the occasion, with John Paul II and Benedict XVI leading
the charge for Catholics to become involved in the ever growing world of social media. All of these visionary men and women have recognized the good in the new technologies of their time, and they used these technologies for the good of others, as good stewards. They have heard Jesus' words to his disciples to "give them some food yourselves," and they have sought to feed the five thousand by the best means available within their lives. What are you doing to spiritually feed those around you in the world? By what means are you spreading the Good News to today’s people?