In the first reading today, we heard the story of Elijah when he traveled to Zarephath. When he entered the city, he was greeted by a woman gathering sticks and asked her for a small cup of water. The woman left to grab the water for Elijah and he called after her asking for a small piece of bread. The women explained she had nothing baked and she only had a handful of flour and oil in her jar. She was collecting sticks and then was planning on going inside to prepare something for herself and her son. She said after they have eaten it they will die but Elijah said do not be afraid.
Elijah told the woman to go and prepare a cake for him and then she can prepare something for herself and her son. The Lord told Elijah to tell the woman her jar of flour and oil shall not go empty until rain falls. The women, her son, and Elijah were able to eat for another year just like the Lord had told Elijah. This woman did not previously know Elijah, but that did not stop her from preparing food for him and trusting in what he was saying. Her kindness is something that should not be overlooked in this story. This reading resonated with me because Elijah and the women both put their trust in the Lord and believed that what He told Elijah was true. November is Hunger and Homeless Awareness month on campus and it has been an eye-opening experience for me. I was able to participate in the Sleepout for Homelessness on November 1st and it was truly a life changing experience. This experience allowed me to appreciate my life so much more than I already do and really place my trust in God. The sleepout allowed me to put myself in the shoes of a homeless person for the night. Before we set our boxes up for the night we were able to gather as a group and talk with one another. We watched a video from the CBS Sunday Morning show which talked about a school lunch program. Indiana offers 3 free meals a day to the students which include breakfast, lunch, and an after-school supper. These meals are free of charge because the school understands some kids may not be eating until they return to school the next day. Reflecting on this video allowed me to realize that I have been so fortunate in life and that we should always be thankful for what we have been given in life.
I believe that God has a purpose for everything in life and we need to be able to trust in Him through it all. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month relates to this reading because I believe they both teach us a life lesson. The reading taught me to always trust in God even when I am having a difficult time. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month has taught me to always be grateful for what I have, and that God always has a plan for us. We may question God at certain points in our life, but we have to understand that everything in life happens for a reason.