Daily Bread

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Give us this day our daily bread…

Back when things were unqualified, bread was bread. Then the first divide happened, and there was bad white bread and good wheat bread. And the wheat bread wasn’t really good unless it was whole wheat, because otherwise we missed some of Mother Nature’s goodness.

Now, most bread is worthless. The only good bread any more is GMO-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, locally sourced, preferably vegan but at least cruelty-free, purchased at a frugal price, wrapped in biodegradable and non-contaminating packaging, and made by companies with sound reputations for affirmative action, employee compensation, and environmental awareness.

And heck, I don’t even eat that secularly pious bread. Bread is mostly carbohydrates and mostly useless nutrition, a turning point of food addiction among vegans. It has to be cast aside so that we can recover the simplicity and abundance of the garden.

Give us this day our daily bread…

Now, the simple man who is proud of his lack of discretion will say that any bread is bread, and that bread is good, and that’s all there is to it. He’s got a point; we should be grateful that we merit any bread and stop seeking to establish secularly pious bread. Any food at all is a gift.

But then, that intellectual suburbanite activist has some great points too. Images of rats with giant tumors, crippling arthritic pains, air pollution and waste floating in the seas, chickens stuffed into tiny cages, and homeless people wandering around after a great fall from financial security float through our heads. We don’t want that, so high discretion is surely merited even when it comes to gifts like bread.

Give us this day our daily bread…

I have no idea what sort of bread is used to make the consecrated host, and I’m not about to look it up. I’m sure there’s been a great many people who’ve tried to look it up to determine whether religiously pious bread was also secularly pious, but I sense that would somehow greatly miss the point.

Because, after all, there’s this:

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:32 – 6:35, KJV

Now, I don’t eat the regular bread, no, not even that secularly pious bread that I would eat if it weren’t a representative of a food addiction for me. I don’t even want that stuff in my house.

But the bread of God is another matter entirely. That’s bread beyond the gift of simple food – for while any food at all is a gift, I slumbered many years with that. But the joyous reunion, that upward-gazing and eternal branching spiritual journey home – no matter what faith you choose, what avatars of the divine you seek passage through, no matter how or what you pray – now that’s the daily bread to pray for. That’s the gift, the bounty, the holy interfacing of our tiny temporal selves with the grand mystery.

Let’s not so lose ourselves in the searching for right conduct that we forget right seeking.

Give us this day our daily bread. Amen.

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