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Wheat or bread can be used to represent the bounty of the earth or our daily needs but it also represents the Holy Eucharist where it becomes the body of Christ.  Hence it represents bodily and spiritual nourishment.

We tend to take for granted the fact that we will have food to eat each day but that is not so for everyone.

And we may not even realize we need spiritual nourishment.

In the Lord’s Prayer we ask for our daily bread which could mean just food for our bodies or all of our needs.

In the miracle of the loaves and fishes (John 6:1-14) Jesus showed his divinity, showed his concerns for the people’s daily needs and foreshadowed the Eucharist, His giving of Himself for us. He multiplied the small contribution of a young boy into a gift for many as our small offerings may be multiplied through Him.

I Corinthians 10

16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

Luke 4

3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

In the Eucharist, Christ is the bread that feeds our spirit and nourishes our soul.




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What price would we pay for the finest pearl?  Would we sell all we had to have it as the merchant did?

How much more would we be willing to pay for our salvation? How much more valuable is the word of God than the ways of the world?

Let the lustrous pearl remind us of what we value most and how hard we are willing to work for it.

Matthew 13: 44-46

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Oh, sparrow, considered the lowliest of birds, the Lord made you and gave you a place to nest.  His watchful eye is ever upon you.

Matthew 10:29 Not a single sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent.

Even more so, He says to us,

Luke 12:7  Every hair of your head has been counted.

Every care of ours is His.

Psalm 84:2-4; Matthew 10:28-33;

Luke 12:4-7


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Bible references to ponder:

The farmer with the full granary who would die tomorrow (Luke 12:13-21), gaining the whole world but losing our own soul, the widow searching for a lost coin (Luke 15:8-10), giving onto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s (Matthew 22:19-22) , the  rich man trying to get into heaven (Mark 10:17-30, Luke 18:18-30), lilies of the field (Matthew 6:19-34 ), the talents (Matthew 25:14-30 )

We are purified through our trials as gold and silver are purified through fire.

Their rare beauty and appeal make them a standard for comparison. These earthly treasures are surpassed by spiritual treasures.

Psalm 12:7; Psalm 19:8-11; Wisdom 7:7-11.

Jesus used earthly wealth and coins to make a point in many stories.


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“Cross:   …the perfect symbol of Christ because of His sacrifice upon the Cross. In a broader sense, however, the cross has become the mark or sign of the Christian religion, the emblem of atonement, and the symbol of salvation and redemption through Christianity.

“Thorns and thorn branches signify grief, tribulation, and sin.  The crown of thorns with which the soldiers crowned Christ before the Crucifixion was a parody of the Roman emperor’s crown of roses.” 

We honor the Trinity when we make the Sign of the Cross.

It is hard to think of the cross at Christmas, but we remember He came to the world for us.   He took up His cross and we must take up ours.

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The rainbow which appeared after the flood was a sign to Noah of forgiveness and a promise, a covenant made by God with the human race: “I will be your God and you will be My people.”  He will care for His people and they will be faithful to Him. (Gen. 8:21-9:16).

“The ark of Noah, which floated safely in the midst of the deluge while everything else was overwhelmed, was an obvious symbol for the Church.  . . . The miracle of the Sea of Galilee, when Christ calmed the wave sand saved the vessel of the Apostles from disaster, likewise served to give the ship a symbolic religious meaning.”   (Mark 6:48-51)

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The key to entering heaven is following Jesus.  The following passage implies that the church plays a role in that:

Jesus said to St. Peter, Matthew 16:19 I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

If the purpose of a key is to open a door, even more reassuring is this passage on the power of prayer from

Luke 11:5-13

Luke 11:9…’Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.’


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