Why spend your money on what is not bread?
Every man, every woman,
has certain needs.
And if we don’t satiate them, we remain
If we feel hungry, we must go and gobble
If we feel thirsty, we are edgy until
If we are sleepy, we need to take a
These are called physical needs.
But there are other even deeper needs.
There is the need for love.
Everyone has, embedded within them,
a great desire to love and to be loved.
We all wish to find someone who understands
us, values us,
someone for whom we are important.
This is how romance is born between
This is how friendship starts.
It is basic for us to be important
eyes of someone.
That I am special to somebody.
There is yet another key emotional
The need to be useful.
The feeling that we are doing something
here on earth,
That we are living for something,
That the world is not the same with
That we are not a vegetable occupying
Or a dog that runs and runs around
So man normally puts all his energy
woman on her children,
the teenager on his girlfriend and
We priests do the same…
channelling all our efforts to basically
satisfy these unconscious needs.
The tragedy is that too often
we look in the wrong direction.
We fix your eyes on things or people
who cannot fill the emptiness in our
who cannot satisfy totally these needs.
The prettiest lady,
The charming of all children,
A well furnished house,
The best of health,
The wealth that we aspire for,
The most fulfilling apostolate that
None of these can satisfy our heart
because our hearts are too big to be
with so little.
Everything and everybody is so changeable.
“The feelings of a fool are like a
says Ben Sirach,
“a fool’s thought revolves like a turning
What we need is someone who is grand
to satisfy totally this eternal thirst
Does this person exist?
Christianity says, yes:
there is someone who can do all this.
His name is Jesus Christ.
He alone has words of eternal life.
Only with Him we can mature.
And that is why the fundamental question
of our lives is one:
What shall I do so that this Jesus
will not remain on the fringe of our
just another phantom
but will enter into the heart of hearts
We scuttle so much after butterflies,
Why don’t we rather run after the Eagle?!
"He gives strength to the weary,
He strengthens the powerless.
Youths grow tired and weary,
The young stumble and fall.
But those who hope in Yahweh will regain
They will sprout wings like eagles,
Though they run they will not grow
Though they walk they will never tire.”
(Isaiah 40: 29-31)
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