BACKGROUND: As Catholics, we are members of a universal Church and we are encouraged to reach beyond our own borders to build relationships of solidarity with our brothers and sisters from other countries. In order to grow more deeply in relationship with members of our global community we must be open to learning about other cultures and issues that communities around the world face. Together we are enriched as we learn about each other’s gifts and struggles.
Many people around the world do not have a place at the table as they lack access to food or the opportunity to earn a living wage. It is important for students to understand the reality that many of our sisters and brothers face and how each of them can play a part in making a difference. As missionaries (all baptized Catholics!) we are sent out into the world to proclaim the Good News and to be witnesses of God’s love for all people. This means making sure that even our friends in Africa, Asia and South America have a place at the table!
Other facts on world hunger can be found at The Hunger Project and Bread for the World.
When you are finished, make sure to take some time to reflect. An important conclusion for them to draw and for you to encourage is that we should all be sitting at ONE table, there is enough for everyone and we are called to share.