The "Daily Bread" which we ask of our heavenly Father is both material and spiritual.

We must work for the food we eat but our existence, ability to work and the fruits of the earth - all come from God and it is right to acknowledge that it is God who gives us the daily food we eat. Christ being aware that at times we become too concerned and worried about material possessions told us to "Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them." In another word, trust in God's providential care. On the other hand, we who own things should share our goods with those who have less because this is part of God's care for all his creatures. This is distributive justice.

The Cry of the Poor

The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord.

Let the lowly hear and be glad: the Lord listens to their pleas;
and to hearts broken God is near, who will hear the the cry of he poor.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord.

 

Man, however, does not live on food alone because he is an embodied soul made in the image and likeness of God. Man's soul yearns for beauty, knowledge, love, the meaning of life and eternal life. He finds beauty in God's creation and in the arts. Knowledge in science and philosophy. The meaning of life he finds in the word of God as scripture says, "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path" (Ps 109:015), but above all in the Word made Man - Jesus Christ who came to reveal our destiny. It is He who gives us the true bread from heaven as He said,

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh
for the life of the world."
(Jn 6:51)