Thought for the Day : Monday 1 March

Thought for the Day by Kevin Ward (St Michael’s)

Readings: Jeremiah 7:21-end and John 6:41-51

Jesus said: I am the bread of life

Give us this day our daily bread

Our daily necessities.
Manna in the wilderness: renewed every morning.
New every morning is the love    /    New mercies, each returning day

Daily Bread. Our staple food.
Rice, pap (South Africa: maize meal), posho (Swahili),  emmere (Luganda: steamed plantain), millet, sorghum. cassava. Injera (Ethiopian sourdough flat bread).

Food banks. School dinners. Marcus Rashford.
Rainbow Junk-tion
I was hungry and you gave me food

Bread:  Panis (Latin).  Pan (Japanese – from the Portuguese). Le pain (French).
Pannier – a  bread basket.   ‘Bread basket’ – an abundant land.

Companion: literally, those we eat bread with.
Friendship. Intimacy. Trust. Fidelity

Betrayed by a Kiss.
Psalm 41:9:
Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

Jesus at the Last Supper:
‘The one who dips bread into the bowl with me, will betray me’

The Passover: feast of unleavened bread.
Jesus took a loaf of bread and broke it:
            ‘Take, eat this is my body which is given for you’
For as often as you eat this bread you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes

March 1st:  Dewi Sant.      St David’s Day.
            Arglwydd arwain trwy’r anialwch: Lord, lead me through the wilderness.
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah

            Bread of Heaven, bread of heaven,
            Feed me now and evermore

Jesus said: I am the bread of life
This is the bread that comes down from heaven
Whoever eats of this bread will live forever.

Blessed are you who are hungry – for you will be filled (Luke 6:20)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  (Mathew 5:6)

Our father in heaven, Thy kingdom come,   Thy will be done,
            Give us today our daily bread
            And forgive us our sins
            As we forgive those who sin against us

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