"It is written,
‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’"
– Matthew 4:4 (RSV)
REFLECTIONS…by three Holy Fathers…
“The Lord, using the Word of God, reminds us above all
that "man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God";
and this gives us strength,
it sustains us in the struggle against the worldly mentality
that lowers man to the level of basic needs,
causing him to lose the hunger for what is true, good and beautiful,
the hunger for God and His love.”
– Pope Francis
“There is nothing that is genuinely human
that does not find in the Eucharist the right way to live it in fullness:
hence, daily life becomes the place of spiritual worship,
to live the primacy of God in all circumstances,
within a relationship with Christ and as an offering to the Father.
Yes, "man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God":
We live from obedience to this Word, which is Living Bread,
to the point of entrusting ourselves, like Peter, with the intelligence of love:
"Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life;
and we have believed, and have come to know,
that you are the Holy One of God" (Jn 6:68-69).”
– Pope Benedict XVI
“Another fundamental need of life is used here as a symbol of communion with God:
Hunger is satiated when the divine Word is heard
and the Lord is found.
In fact, "man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
And at this point the thoughts of the Christian turn to that banquet
that Christ prepared the last evening of His earthly life,
whose profound value He had already explained in his discourse at Capernaum:
"My flesh is food indeed,
and my blood is drink indeed.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me,
and I in him" (Jn 6:55-56).”
– Pope St. John Paul II
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord, satiate my hunger – feed my soul with all that is true, good and beautiful.
Lord, fill me with Your love!