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Do Worry or Not to Worry?

February 14, 2014

Daily Bread

I’ve been working with the Our Lady of Daily Bread.

I wonder if her message is contradiction in with the message of the Bible:

She urges us to work.
She asks us to give up indifference.

We should be concerned about our food:

We should ask ourselves: What shall we eat?’ and
‘What shall we drink?’

But the Bible says:

“So do not worry, saying,
‘What shall we eat?’ or
‘What shall we drink?’
or ‘What shall we wear?’

For the pagans run after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:31-33

“Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?

Matthew. 6:26

She reminds us of the importance of the fundamental issues of life.
Consumption and media culture has changed our habits and values.

Our connection to “the Daily Bread” has changed to something you can purchase.

This includes both physical and spiritual nourishment.

She asks:

What do we value most?

Without concrete work in rural areas, there is no bread.
Without agriculture, there is no food.

We should respect the harvest, that Mother Earth gives us.
Each grain, which carries the new crop, is given to us as a gift.
Clean water is more precious than gold.

We should appreciate clean air,
oxygen-rich air, without air pollutions.

She emphasizes that

these riches are so far available to us,
but we should take care of their future existence.

Her heart is sore:
we do not seem to understand our own best,
We should look at the nature around us,
we should listen:

What choices can I do today

to make a difference for the nature around me?

***

It seems to me,
that during the time when Jesus was on earth,

our relationship with nature was more balanced than today.
At that time, “carelessness” was associated with following the God’s word.
Meaning

If you’ll trust God, your needs are met.

This is also true today.

But,
Now is the time to take action with respecting our Earth.
We consume far more than we give back.

As long as we are physical beings,
we need to get our daily bread.
A real unpolluted food is essential to our existence.
Then we can again focus on spiritual daily bread.

I understand You, Our Lady of Daily Bread.

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