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Part Four

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As leaven in the dough, the newness of the kingdom

should make the earth “rise” by the Spirit of Christ.

119

This must

be shown by the establishment of justice in personal and social,

economic and international relations, without ever forgetting that

there are no just structures without people who want to be just.

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“Our” bread is the “one” loaf for the “many.” In the

Beatitudes “poverty” is the virtue of sharing: it calls us to commu­

nicate and share bothmaterial and spiritual goods, not by coercion

but out of love, so that the abundance of some may remedy the

needs of others.

120

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“Pray and work.”

121

“Pray as if everything depended on

God and work as if everything depended on you.”

122

Even when

we have done our work, the food we receive is still a gift from our

Father; it is good to ask him for it and to thank him, as Christian

families do when saying grace at meals.

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This petition, with the responsibility it involves, also ap­

plies to another hunger from which men are perishing: “Man does

not live by bread alone, but . . . by every word that proceeds from

the mouth of God,”

123

that is, by the Word he speaks and the Spirit

he breathes forth. Christians must make every effort “to proclaim

the good news to the poor.” There is a famine on earth, “not a fam­

ine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the

Lord.”

124

For this reason the specifically Christian sense of this

fourth petition concerns the Bread of Life: The Word of God ac

cepted in faith, the Body of Christ received in the Eucharist.

125

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This day

” is also an expression of trust taught us by the

Lord,

126

which we would never have presumed to invent. Since it

refers above all to his Word and to the Body of his Son, this “today”

is not only that of our mortal time, but also the “today” of God.

If you receive the bread each day, each day is today for you.

If Christ is yours today, he rises for you every day. How can

this be? “You are my Son, today I have begotten you.”

Therefore, “today” is when Christ rises.

127

119 Cf.

AA

5.

120 Cf.

2 Cor

8:1-15.

121 Cf. St. Benedict,

Regula,

20, 48.

122 Attributed to St. Ignatius Loyola, cf. Joseph de Guibert, SJ,

The Jesuits:

Their Spiritual Doctrine and Practice,

(Chicago: Loyola University Press,

1964), 148, n. 55.

123

Deut

8:3;

Mt

4:4.

124

Am

8:11.

125 Cf.

Jn

6:26-58.

126 Cf.

Mt

6:34;

Ex

16:19.

127 St. Ambrose,

De Sacr.

5, 4, 26: PL 16, 453A; cf.

Ps

2:7.

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