Jesus may have indeed needed bread after fasting for forty days and forty nights. He was tempted to turn stones into bread for his consumption since he was hungry. How could he turn stones into what he already was; the Bread of Life?

Nevertheless, Christ never made the mistake of trading what he needed most for what he needed at the time of his hunger. What he needed most was to do the will of the Father which he accomplished by his death on the cross and ransomed us with love.

There is a difference between what one ‘needs most’ from what one ‘needs now’. Dear, can you distinguish what you need most from what you need now?

Esau needed his birth right most but needed Jacob’s porridge to satisfy his immediate appetite. He unfortunately sold his birth right in exchange for food. With tears, Esau cried asking Isaac for blessing without knowing the birth right he traded was connected to his blessing.

Today we call the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We do not call the God of Esau! What we need most is God in our lives. If we trade God’s presence for any other thing, we trade our blessing as well.

May we not trade eternal pleasures for passing ones (Amen).


-Fr Abiagom Augustine cm

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