The bread that sat­is­fies

The Philippine Star - - OPINION -

Give us each day our daily bread.

— Luke 11:3 I learned to re­cite the Lord’s Prayer as a boy in pri­mary school. Ev­ery time I said the line, “Give us to­day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11), I couldn’t help but think about the bread that we got only oc­ca­sion­ally at home. Only when my fa­ther re­turned from his trip into town did we have a loaf of bread. So ask­ing God to give us our daily bread was a relevant prayer to me.

How cu­ri­ous I was when years later I dis­cov­ered the book­let Our Daily Bread. I knew the ti­tle came from the Lord’s Prayer, but I also knew it couldn’t be talk­ing about the loaf of bread from the baker’s shop. I dis­cov­ered as I read the book­let reg­u­larly that this “bread,” full of Scrip­ture por­tions and help­ful notes, was spir­i­tual food for the soul.

It was spir­i­tual food that Mary chose when she sat at the feet of Je­sus and lis­tened at­ten­tively to His words (Luke 10:39). While Martha wea­ried her­self with con­cern about phys­i­cal food, Mary was tak­ing time to be near their guest, the Lord Je­sus, and to lis­ten to Him. May we take that time as well. He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35), and He feeds our hearts with spir­i­tual food. He is the Bread that sat­is­fies. — Lawrence Dar­mani I sit be­fore You now, Lord, and want to learn from You. My heart is open to hear from You in Your Word. READ: Luke 10:38-11:4 “I am the bread of life.” Je­sus Bi­ble in a Year: 1 Chron­i­cles 4-6 and John 6:1-21

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