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Lenten Reflection - Day 7 - An Ancient StoryGive us this day our daily bread. —Matthew 6:11If you don’t know the story of the Israelites gathering manna in the desert each morning for their daily food (Exodus 16), you are missing the reference Jesus made when he taught his disciples to pray for their daily bread. This period of Eucharistic Revival in the United States is a perfect time to remind ourselves of that story. When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness and on the brink of starvation, Yahweh rained down manna every morning. The Lord directed the people to gather only as much as they needed for the day and not to store it up because they could trust God would provide what they needed the next day, too. (When they tried to store it up because they were worried they wouldn’t have enough in the future, it bred worms and became foul.) So when Jesus encourages us to pray for our daily bread, it’s implicit that we are not to hoard what we are given (or what we think we’ve earned) but use it for our daily needs and then share the rest with others. While society’s way is to take, hoard, and consume, Jesus’ way is to give thanks, share until everyone has enough, and trust we’ll be given more when we need it. ... See MoreSee Less
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Lenten Reflection - Day 6 - Some Things to Fast FromYou shall not ... —Leviticus 19:11-18Some Christians mistakenly believe Jesus came up with the commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” when, in fact, he was quoting from the last verse of today’s passage in Leviticus. Immediately before it comes a list of “thou shalt nots,” some of which are among the Ten Commandments (“You shall not steal”), but some of which aren’t. If you haven’t decided what to fast from this Lent, this list offers plenty of good suggestions. Even if you have decided what to fast from, the list provides plenty of other good suggestions too! Some of them might be easy to obey (personally, I’ve never been tempted to put a stumbling block in front of a blind person), but probably all of us can find other things in this list we need to work on, individually and as a community or nation. For Action: Read Leviticus 19:11-18 today ... See MoreSee Less