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23 February 2020

Supersubstantial


I was not always a liturgical, Orthodox-Catholic Christian.  As such, I have gone through / participated in / endured / learned from / taught a great deal of Bible studies influenced by or wholly Protestant in their theology. 

I'm thinking about this today because of the reading for Day Two of the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary that I am doing.  It is from Matthew 5:48 through 6:15 -- in which we receive the Our Father, or Lord's Prayer (one of the places, that is).  And in the translation in St Louis de Montfort's book, the fourth petition of the Lord's Prayer is translated as "supersubstantial bread." The first time I heard this explained was several years ago by Fr Thomas Hopko, an Orthodox priest and theologian. 

Supersubstantial = supernatural, superessential, spiritual, above comprehension

YES!



This is what this means.  As Pope Benedict has said, "the fact is that the Fathers of the Church were practically unanimous in understanding the fourth petition of the Our Father (Lord's Prayer) as a Eucharistic petition."  Of course it is!

The idea that the original Greek word here -- epiousios -- simply meant "daily" bread now seems utterly absurd to me.  As in physical sustenance and needs.  And yet, that is the only explanation I have ever heard from a Protestant theologian or Bible teacher. 


The question is:  why would anyone want to limit himself when Christ is offering THE Bread, the Bread of Life, the Body and the Blood, the Mystical Supper, the absolute pinnacle and zenith of all that is or was or ever will be?  The Kingdom of God!  The complete union with the Lord of the Universe!


We must never, ever limit God and put Him in a box of our own making.

Give me this day, Lord, I pray, my SUPERSUBSTANTIAL BREAD!  Amen.

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