OUR DAILY BREAD

Tuesday 7th March – Tuesday of the 1st week of Lent

Reflection: Matthew 6:7-15

OUR DAILY BREAD

The Pater Noster (Our Father) remains the blue print of prayer, through which Christ teaches us what prayer should truly be: an interaction between a loving Father and His children who with gratitude make their requests known to Him. Let us take a moment to reflect on one of the requests of this age-old prayer: Give us today our daily bread.

First, we ask specifically for our “daily” bread. Just like the Lord taught the Israelites to rely on Him for manna each new day so also He teaches you and I. Do you find yourself worrying about your material needs or get overwhelmed about tomorrow? Place all your worries at Jesus’ feet in the Lord’s prayer and allow Him to take care of your needs day by day. In addition, as we ask for our daily bread we must remember that our needs are not merely physical. We need spiritual strength to live out our Christian call. The strength for yesterday is not sufficient for today. To be truly victorious Christians, we must come to the Lord in prayer each new day. We must study His words and ask for his direction each new day.

Finally, the request for our daily bread reaches its fulfilment in the Eucharist: the Bread of Life in which Christ offers us His very self as food for the journey. Do you avail yourself of the opportunity Christ offers you in the Eucharist? Let us take away anything that stands in our way of receiving Christ this season of grace and let us make out time to meet Him more often at the table of His word and in the Eucharist at Mass.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the reassurance that you are a loving Father. Please help me to trust you with my needs each new day. Amen.

Faith Pearls: YOUCAT 522 – What does it mean to say, “Give us this day our daily bread”?

The petition about our daily bread makes us people who await everything from the goodness of our heavenly Father, including the material and spiritual goods that are vitally necessary. No Christian can pronounce this petition without thinking about his real responsibility for those in the world who lack the basic necessities of life.

Hide a Treasure: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” Matthew 6:33 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19; Mt 6:7-15

WE DARE TO SAY…

Wednesday 8th October – Wednesday of week 27 of the year

Reflection: Luke 11: 1-4

WE DARE TO SAY…

The purpose of the recent revision of the English translation of the Order of Mass was to ensure that it has the exact meaning of the Latin version. Hence we find major differences in prayers like the Confiteor (I confess to the Almighty God…) which we say during the penitential rites at the beginning of the Mass. One of the changes I appreciate a lot in the new translation is the introduction to the Our Father when the priest says “At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say” which was translated directly from the Latin “…audemus dicere”

We would not fully grasp the weight of the statement “we dare to say…” unless we understand not everyone around us can call God “Father”. For some God is simply Creator and Master. However we have become God’s children through our baptism; hence we have Him as our Father, not just figuratively, but literarily. We share in the son ship of Christ as members of the family of God and coheirs to his kingdom.

Dear friend, Jesus teaches us how to pray, addressing God as “Father”. Every family is known by a name and each child that bears the name represents the family. Does your life portray that you belong to the family of God? Let us approach our Father with confidence each day, trusting that He cares about us and knows what is best of us. As we put our needs before Him, let us ask for the grace to grow in love of Him and to bring honour to our Family name (Christian) in all we do.

PRAYER: Thank you Father for adopting me as your child. Please increase my love and trust in you and strengthen me to be true to your name. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1265 – Baptism not only purifies us from all sins, but also makes the neophyte “a new creature”, and adopted son of God, who has become a “partaker of the divine nature”, member of Christ and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

HIDE A TREASURE: “If you then, who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Galatians 2: 1-2, 7-14; Psalm 117: 1-2; Luke 11: 1-4