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St. Ignatius of Antioch


Romans 4:20-25
Luke 1:69-75
Luke 12:13-21

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daily bread is daily love

"Then I will say to myself: You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax! Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself." —Luke 12:19

Jesus didn't encourage the man who had "blessings in reserve for years to come" (Lk 12:19). Instead, He called him a fool (Lk 12:20). Jesus usually calls us to live from "day to day." He taught us to pray: "Give us today our daily bread" (Mt 6:11). Similarly, after the Exodus the Lord commanded His people not to save the manna for the next day, except for the Sabbath. When some people disobeyed Him, that which they had saved "became wormy and rotten" (Ex 16:20).

Some people are terrified by the prospect of not having anything saved up in the bank. What if an emergency occurs? What about retirement? What if they get sick? However, we should rejoice that our heavenly Father has committed Himself to provide for us on a daily basis. This means that every day we will see with our own eyes our Father faithfully and tenderly providing for us, His children. This daily experience of being fathered will help us bond deeply with our Father. Then we will become secure, peaceful, confident, carefree, affirmed, and joyful. Know our Father's love. Then instead of saying "What if?", you'll be saying "What a mighty God!"

Prayer:  "Our Father in heaven...give us today our daily bread" (Mt 6:9, 11).

Promise:  "He was strengthened in faith and gave glory to God, fully persuaded that God could do whatever He had promised." —Rm 4:20-21

Praise:  While being martyred by being fed to lions, St. Ignatius prayed that he become the immaculate bread of Christ.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Do You Believe in God the Father? on audio AV 84-1 or video V-84.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Bishop-Elect, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 26, 2011 (for 10-1-2011 through 11-29-2011) and May 26, 2011 (for 11-30-2011)

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