Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This day, our daily bread

A portion of the Lord's prayer reads "Give us this day, our daily bread".

This day. Not some other day, yesterday, or tomorrow. The present. Give us THIS day our daily bread. This calls to mind the manna of the Old Testament. It was daily. They could not collect more than they needed and store it to have "additional security". It shows that God is and wants us to know he is a God of our everyday life.  He wants to be relied upon because "man shall no live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of The Lord."

How much more clear could he have made it? He wants to be part of our lives, each day. So much so he uses the analogy of bread. A staple food. Something we consume which sustains us and becomes part of us. Then we weekly participate in the sacramental bread. And then he tells us "I am the bread of life".

If we ask in faith He truly can give us our "daily bread". Not just that made of things like wheat or the like, but that bread made of His life, His Spirit, and His love. The one pointing to the other, pointing to the One.   

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