Give us this day our daily bread.
Reflection from Nander Novae :
Our reading for today comes from the “Lord’s Prayer,” which is part of the life transforming teachings of Jesus given to his disciples during the well-known “Sermon on the Mount.” (Mt. 5-7) This biblical account is all about moral behavior, discipleship, and especially trust in God. It presents an ethical and a spiritual model of life we, as Christians, are called to live by.
When Jesus teaches us how to pray, the Master calls us to acknowledge that God is the source from whom all blessings flow. The verse “give us this day our daily bread” reminds us that God is our ultimate provider. All the people of God, from an ancient past to this day, who have fully trusted in God have been able to experience the blessings of divine provision.
In the Scripture, references to bread are considerably vast. As the daily mainstay of the Israelites, bread also served as a metaphor for sustenance and life. During this Season of Lent, we are called to remember about the manna sent by God to the people of Israel in the wilderness, a quintessential example of bread as a provision of God. (Ex. 16:4-5)
Above all interpretations on the meaning of bread in the bible, none is more powerful to me than Jesus as “the Bread of Life.” (John 6:25-59) God graciously gave us Jesus as the source of our spiritual sustenance and eternal life. As we pray so God may “give us this day our daily bread,” may we remember two things. First, that life may be fully experienced when we depend on God as our provider. Second, that according to Jesus’ own words, “whoever feeds of the ‘bread of life’ will live forever.”
God, our gracious provider, you are the source of our life and sustenance. As you sent the manna in the wilderness to your people Israel, you also provide for our daily needs day after day. In your unspeakable love, you granted us life eternal through your Son Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. Many are those around us who do not know you and are in need of nourishing their physical and spiritual lives. Through your Spirit, open our eyes so we may be able to see where, when and how to share with those in need the bread you provide for us. In the name of Jesus, the Bread of Life, we pray. Amen.