Our Daily Bread

When Jesus was confronted with the question of supplying the needs of the five thousand, and his disciples came to him and suggested that the people should be sent away so that they could go to the villages and get food for themselves, his reply, as recorded in the sixth chapter of Mark's Gospel, was, "Give ye them to eat." This command was given in "a desert place" where, to material sense, supplies were unobtainable; but Jesus knew that, despite such unpromising surroundings, God could and would provide means for meeting the needs of the multitude. We read also that after he was provided with what was, to all appearances, an absurdly inadequate supply of food, "he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves. ... And they did all eat, and were filled."

This instance is typical of Christ Jesus' demonstrations. He blessed—gave thanks—before the demonstration was apparent to mortal eyes. To human sense there did not appear to be much for which to be grateful; yet Jesus gave thanks. This showed his absolute faith that God can meet every need as it arises, and that, however pressing the need or however gloomy the outlook, means will be forthcoming to meet it. He knew that God alone is the source of all supply, that supply does not depend upon material conditions, and that material conditions cannot hinder the demonstration.

On page 33 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, says, referring to Jesus' last supper with his disciples: "Their bread indeed came down from heaven. It was the great truth of spiritual being, healing the sick and casting out error." And later on in the same paragraph she says, "They had borne this bread from house to house, breaking (explaining) it to others, and now it comforted themselves."

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April 20, 1929

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