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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 5, 2022

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[Martyrs of the Reformation Era]

Matthew 4:4 But [Jesus] answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

My wife and I offered bread made from our very first wheat crop for Holy Communion. We ground kernels of wheat in a blender for five minutes as we tried to make flour. It did not measure up to our expectations. With the first bite, we worried that we would be responsible for cracking everyone’s teeth. Flour is hard to make. Wheat is difficult to grow. It is amazing that civilization was built on bread—what a remarkable accomplishment.

According to the opening verses of the Gospel of John, “in the beginning was the Word…and in him was life.” The world as we know it is transitory. It is just like bread, satisfying us for a while, and then we hunger again. Just before the Israelites enter a new life in the promised land, God reminds them—and us—that we do “not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

MOVING FORWARD: Try making bread this week. Pause at each step of the recipe and say a prayer of thanksgiving.

PRAY for the Diocese of Leeds (England)

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42 | Exodus 20:1-21 | Colossians 1:24—2:7 | Matthew 4:1-11



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