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Father Beever's homily: Jesus satisfies the hungry heart

Father Carlton Beever

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications 

Father Carlton Beever (right) celebrated Scecina’s weekly Mass on April 18 with the students and staff. Father Beever is the pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis. 

The Gospel reading for the day was John 6:35-40: 

Jesus said to the crowds,
 “I am the bread of life;
 whoever comes to me will never hunger,
 and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
 But I told you that although you have seen me,
 you do not believe.
 Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
 and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
 because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
 but the will of the one who sent me.
 And this is the will of the one who sent me,
 that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
 but that I should raise it on the last day.
 For this is the will of my Father,
 that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
 may have eternal life,
 and I shall raise him on the last day.”

Father Beever, reflecting on the Gospel in his homily, noted how we humans spend a lot of time thinking about food and our next meal. 

“Today, Jesus talks about food. He talks about hunger. And he’s talking to a crowd of people who he had only recently fed, with bread and fish, a crowd of 5,000 people,” he said. “The people of Jesus’ time were naturally hungry because they lived on the edge of survival, always looking for something to eat. And we think the same way, although we’re not nearly as hungry, but we’re not really ever satisfied.” 

Jesus knows our hungers, the priest said. 

“And they’re many. There’s emotional hunger, psychological hunger, a hunger for love,” he said. “Jesus is promising us that he will satisfy our eternal hunger.” 

Father Beever says this is why God the Father sent His son Jesus, to feed that hunger, that nothing may be lost, “but everything may be gathered back to his father. Jesus says the Father sent him so that everyone who sees me will have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.” 

Father Beever encouraged the students, when they’re hungry, “to think about Jesus and how frequently he satisfies the eternal hunger.” 

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