A Congressman died and went to heaven. When he arrived, Saint Peter greeted him warmly: “Welcome, Congressman.”
In today's reading from Samuel, a woman named Hannah gives voice to what so many of us do when she says to Eli, the priest: "I was only pouring out my troubles to the Lord."
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Their hearts were hardened. This still happens to the best of us. They did not understand the incident of the loaves. Jesus fed 5,000 people and many of his closest followers questioned his ability to do such a thing.
Look to the Holy Family...
When I was in third grade, one of the Sisters in my school told us every time we visited the chapel, to look into the face of Jesus. She said we would see the love pouring from His eyes.
In one of his first writings as our Holy Father, Pope Francis wrote about marriage and family. He called it The Joy of Love. He was responding to the voices that say family life and marriage are in trouble. In his mind, marriage and family were opportunities not problems.