Matthew 4:4

Some time ago I had the following dream:

A wise priest was pointing out to me a very important Scripture passage. He called it 4:4. I thought he meant Ephesians, because Ephesians 4 is about unity and I have felt called to reflect on it often, but he said, no, that was not the passage he was referring to although unity is a very important theme. He wanted me to look up this other passage.

I woke up not knowing which passage he was referring to. Then recently in the night I was given Matthew 4:4…

(Jesus) said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'”

As I meditated on this before the Blessed Sacrament, it came to me why this passage was the very important passage referred to by the “wise priest” in my dream. I believe that in the not-too-distant future we too will be tempted as Jesus was tempted in the desert. When we are at our most vulnerable point, “bread” will be tantalizingly put before us; perhaps we will be made to accept the “mark of the beast” if we want to purchase necessities. My dear friends, it is crucial that we remember and reflect on how Jesus handled this kind of temptation.  We will be given great graces if we imitate him. As you recall, when Jesus had resisted temptation the angels came and ministered to him. If we trust in him and persevere to the end he will not deny us great consolation, strength and help.

“One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Let us ponder this often so that when the time comes, we will have our answer ready.

Divine mercy, strengthen us! Amen.

3 thoughts on “Matthew 4:4

  1. When I awoke one morning in August 2007, I was “told” to prepare for 40 days. I was “told” that 40 was such a very important number. There were 40 days that Noah spent on the ark, 40 years that the Israelites spent wandering in the desert, 40 days of fasting for Jesus in the desert, 40 days of fasting for St. Francis with 1/2 loaf of bread in imitation of Jesus…


  2. Thank you Mary Therese. Everyone must pray very hard to know what to do. My Spiritual Director has said he is not doing so because he would not want to be “the only one with food”, and as he shared it wouldn’t last long anyway. He has also said that he trusts that the Lord will look after his needs. However, when one has the responsibility for others in his care, as a parent does, then prayer and prudence is never wrong. I had a dream where I felt I was to stock up on water. I also dreamt that I was going “underground” and tossed all my household supplies into the tunnel. Our main preparation must be prayer, however, or we will be too weak to resist the wiles of the evil one. Jesus I trust in YOU!


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