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Please Pass the Fork

Father, may Your Name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread (Luke 11:2-3) Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the 1999 film, "Fight Club," two disillusioned young men form a sort of support group where guys meet to fight recreationally. New members must agree to the rules, the most important of which is this: "The first rule of Fight Club is you do NOT talk about Fight Club." In an obvious reference to the movie, a recent New Yorker magazine cartoon depicts several men seated around a table with Bibles open. One of the men announces, "The first rule of Bible Club is TALK about Bible Club."

Someone has said, "A secret is either something that is not worth telling or something that is too good to keep." One of the dominant themes in Scripture is a secret the Biblical writers obviously felt was too good to keep: the very secret of life.

For each one of us, the secret of religion and the secret of life is to be aware of our absolute dependence upon God. This awareness positions us to receive the abundant life God Himself is offering us. Think of Jesus. The secret of Jesus' life was that He was always aware of His dependence upon the Father. For example, in today's Gospel Lesson one of the disciples asks Him, "Lord, teach us to pray." Jesus replies, "When you pray, say:

"Father, may Your Name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread" (Lk. 11:2-3).

"Give us each day our daily bread." If we are to take it literally, this petition would be problematic for some in today's low-carb world. It goes without saying that we are subject to an almost daily deluge from experts who [...]

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