[duh moments: daily bread]

Zee Gimon

I am Zee. I call myself the Observer because that's what I find myself doing most of the time - observe life and people around me. My blog is a Pensieve, similar to that of Dumbledore, used to keep the thoughts and random ideas that visit my brain.

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  • Mary

    Maurice Nicoll in his books “The Mark” and “The New Man” deals at some length with The Lord’s Prayer. He points out that the Greek word translated as “daily” does not mean daily. I can’t quote him at length here, but will paraphrase a short passage from “The New Man”: The bread we are asking for is trans-substantial bread, the guidance and nourishment for the development of our lives, the bread for successive and necessary stages of understanding.

    Speaking of people reciting the Lord’s Prayer Nicoll makes a telling point in “The Mark” that the whole of the Lord’s Prayer is addressing a high level in which talk of physical bread does not fit at all: “They do not think that it is extraordinary that this phrase should refer to physical nourishment; and they see nothing strange in the context: ‘Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses.’

    This is just a tiny example of Maurice Nicoll who is a very big light bulb for me. A man of genius. This small example is not enough to show the scope and depth of his thinking, but it gives a tiny flicker of light for those who might be interested.

    • Mary

      I have put an excerpt from “The Mark” as a note on Facebook.

    • Well, yes, the daily bread didn’t have to be the physical bread as in food. After all, we’re alive not by bread alone – but still. God does provide physical nourishment as well as spiritual one.

      Will check the book out – sounds intriguing.

      • Mary

        “The Mark” is challenging and probably not for everyone. For those who are open to further learning it provides the possibility to take a big step to higher understanding. It is not a quick read, but a book you can learn from for the rest of your life. The excerpt I have put on Facebook gives a taste of it.

  • Margaret Waage

    The more I think I know the more I discover I didn’t know! Great post!

    • Glad I could share with you 🙂

      And I love that quote “the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know” – that’s my constant companion these days of learning.

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