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Lent 2017

First Tuesday of Lent: Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
—Matthew 6:7

In committing himself to a life of poverty, Francis took seriously the belief that God would provide his daily bread. He was also mindful of the impression he and his brothers made, leaving their wealth and then begging food from the townspeople.

Francis began his new life by rebuilding churches stone by stone. He and his early followers offered to work in the fields around Assisi in return for food and a place to sleep. With Jesus, he believed that “a laborer is worthy of his hire” (Luke 10:7). If they couldn’t find work, they would beg what they needed for that day.

Our world is far different than that of a medieval walled city, but the basic principles remain the same. We need to be mindful of those who seek work, but also of those who need basic food and shelter.

Pray with Saint Francis

Nothing, then, must keep us back, nothing separate us from him, nothing come between us and him. Amen.


The Hope of Lent