Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from Senior Writer/Editor Larry Livingston.
Quoting a Latin American proverb, Pope Francis once famously said, “You can always add more water to the beans.” What he meant was that you can always find a way to feed one more hungry person, to serve one more soul in need.
There’s always room for more.
The 33 Catholic priests who currently preach on behalf of Unbound have spent their lives in the tireless quest for that “one more soul.” They’ve served as pastors, chaplains, teachers, missionaries and in a variety of other ministries to share the Gospel and act as as the hands and feet of Christ in a world in need.
Today, our priests go the extra mile (usually, the extra frequent flyer mile) to share the invitation to join our community of compassion with members of Catholic parishes across the United States. They celebrate each new individual and family that joins us because they understand that the relationship between a sponsor and a child or elder is a sacred thing, with the power to transform every life it touches.
This week our priests come home to our Kansas City headquarters for their annual preachers conference. We love this time of year. We love having the guys here, sharing fellowship and hearing their stories from the road. We love laughing with them, feeding them, praying with them and blessing them for the journey yet to come.
Sure, when all the preachers are here, it can get a little crowded. But we don’t mind.
After all, there’s always room for more.
Thank you, Lord, for honoring the Unbound community with the service of dedicated priests. Bless them with joy and a renewed sense of purpose as they gather. May they know the gratitude and affection we hold for them, and may we do all we can to affirm them in their holy calling of service to the Christ who lives within and among the poor and marginalized of the world. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.