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Weekly Prayer

Sunday, August 2, 2015

“Sir, give us this bread always.”

Lord, I know that even today
in many parts of the world,
the poor live precariously--
a bad harvest means
skyrocketing food prices
and a real threat of starvation.

So when you fed the multitude,
who could blame the hungry poor
for following you around the countryside
and for hoping that the happy days
of manna were back again?

When people are hungry, Lord,
when their stomachs ache with emptiness,
they’re probably not very receptive
to lots of talk about the spiritual
“bread from heaven.”
So I have to guess that
these words of yours
are not aimed so much
at the hungry crowd
as they are at me,
your well-fed disciple.

Help me, Lord, to hear your words
and to respond to them.
Help me to believe that
you are truly the bread of life.
Give me this bread always
so that I too may help
“accomplish the works of God.”
Help me to live with you,
in you and through you
so that I may share in
being the bread
that “comes down
from heaven and gives
life to the world.”

Today, Lord, I will
encounter hungry people--
some in physical need,
most in spiritual need.
In both cases,
help me to feed them.
Together, Lord, let us build a kingdom
where no one hungers or thirsts,
and all raise their voices
in praise of you!

  Fr. Richard Lamoureux, AA Photo
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