Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written, One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Mt 4: 1-4)

I don’t know much about the history of “Labor Day,” but I do know it’s celebrated today in my home-country, the United States. It makes me think about my own daily “labor,” or the work I do for my “daily bread.” I need to do it, in order to “make a living,” and to “provide” for myself and others.

Today my Lord deepens my understanding of what it means to “make a living,” reminding me that “one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” I do, in fact, need to see to my daily nourishment by His word, in order to “provide” for myself and, when need be, for others, as I manage the small business of my everyday life. I need the humbling, grace-filled encouragement of His gentle reminders, written down for me, and handed down to me, in the pages of Scripture, that I may shed His light on my activities and relationships, and whatever else is going on.

So, while He does give us “the power to become children of God” (Jn 1: 12), let me not abuse this power to make “loaves of bread” at all costs, just as the Son of God did not. Let me “labor” in, and be empowered by, His word, that it may provide for me and others “famished” in our wilderness.

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