May 24, 2007

Excerpts from Benedict's Jesus of Nazareth:
There are two other great narratives concerning bread in Jesus' life. The first is the multiplication of the loaves for the thousands who followed the Lord when he withdrew to a lonely place. Why does Christ now do the very thing he had rejected as a temptation before? The crowds had left everything in order to come hear God's word. They are people who have opened their hearts to God and to one another; they are therefore ready to receive the bread with the proper disposition. This miracle of the loaves has three aspects then. It is preceded by the search for God, for his word, for the teaching that sets the whole life on the right path. Furthermore, God is asked to supply the bread. Finally, readiness to share with one another is an essential element of the miracle.

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This brings to light the real meaning of Psalm 91, which has to do with the right to the ultimate and unlimited trust of which the Psalm speaks: If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting in the One who loves you. Yet this trust, which we cultivate on the authority of Scripture and at the invitation of the risen Lord, is something quite different from the reckless defiance of God that would make God our servant.

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