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Thanks for spiritual and material bread

Matthew 6:24-34

Pastor David Ernst

15th Sunday after Trinity
Epiphany Lutheran Mission of La Caramuca  
Barinas, Venezuela

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Sun, Sep 12, 2021 

Grace and peace in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We pray in the Lord's Prayer: "Give us today our daily bread." The fourth petition is the best comment on our text. Bread is everything that is needed to satisfy the needs of this life. Our heavenly Father gives bread daily, without our supplication. As for you, your Father is fully aware of your needs. His paternal heart, full of love for you, is willing to do what is best for you.

Usually our concerns are not today, but tomorrow. Christians should only live one day at a time. Food and clothing are temporary gifts from God that must be used correctly, but they are only for this life.

Our Lord points to wild birds to teach us not to worry about food, while wildflowers teach us not to worry about clothes. Lilies belong to herbs; they can even be classified as weeds, if their number and persistence interfere with tillage. The natives of Palestine used hay, stubble, and wilted herbs to heat their clay ovens. These plants of the field, then, which are so low in the esteem of men that they are used as fuel, are nevertheless so esteemed by the Lord that he dresses them in splendid garments, more wonderful than the most beautiful garments of the richest of Israel.

God also gives bread daily even to everyone, believers and non-believers. In our reading of the Old Testament we have the example of Elijah. In Sarepta the Lord miraculously provides food not only for Elijah, but also for a non-Jewish widow. The story of this widow is used by Christ in Luke 4:25, to warn all men against the contempt of his Word. He states that there were many widows in the country at the time of Elijah of old, during the great famine, and yet Elijah was sent alone to the city of Sarepta, to a widow who lived there.

We pray with the fourth petition that he receive our daily bread with gratitude. When we recognize all of our blessings as gifts from God, we will be willing to show God's love to others. Saint Paul says thus in our epistle (Galatians 5: 25-6: 10), “Let us not grow weary, then, of doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not lose heart. So, as we get a chance, let's do good to everyone; and especially to those of the family of faith ”.

Now is the most opportune time to sow works of goodness. We don't know how soon Judgment Day will come. We must help him, no matter if the problem that bothers him is of the body or of the spirit. Our neighbor is everyone who needs our help. We only have to observe one distinction; we must give preference to those who are from the family of faith. Christians are united to us by the most intimate bonds of communion. In this, we have the peace that passes all understanding. Amen.

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