We ask the Father for the bread He has promised to those who listen to His word. Modern people believe that their material welfare depends only on their own effort. The Bible, however, says that it depends on both God and us. Alone we can bring some economic miracles about for a while, but we may waste the accumulated riches. Only by listening to the word of God (Deuteronomy 8:3) will people have bread and be able to distribute it. A person who expects from God, not his or her bread but our bread, will strive to find work, to work in useful ways, and to promote justice where he is working.
What should we say? The bread "we need" or our "daily" bread or sustenance? The original text uses a difficult word that has different meanings. Many have understood that the children of God feel the need of much more than what is asked for the body and that the Eucharist was already meant as it is in the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves.
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*Source: Christian Community Bible Catholic Pastoral Edition
♥ 6th of The Lord's Prayer Series ♥