Commentary on the reading of the day provided by 

Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe (467-532),

Bishop in North Africa

Sermon 1, 2-3; CCL 91A, 889

“Servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1Cor 4,1)

In order to clarify the role of the servants he set at the head of his people, the Lord spoke this word related by the Gospel: “Who, then is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?

Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so”…

If we should be wondering in what that food allowance consists, Saint Paul gives us the answer; it is “the measure of faith that God has apportioned” (Rom 12,3).

What Christ called an allowance of food, Paul termed a measure of faith to teach us that there is no other spiritual food than the mystery of Christian faith.

We give you this allowance of food in the Lord’s name every time we speak to you according to the rule of the true faith, illumined by the spiritual gift of grace.

As for that allowance, you receive it at the hands of the Lord’s stewards each time you hear the word of truth from the mouth of God’s servants.

May that food allowance God shares among us be our nourishment.

Let us draw from it the solid food of our worthy behaviora so that we may come to the reward of eternal life.

Let us believe in him who gives himself as food to us for fear we may collapse on the way (Mt 15,32) and who reserves himself to be our reward so that we may find joy when we reach our homeland.

Let us believe and hope in him; let us love him above all and in all.

For Christ is our food and will be our reward.

Christ is the nourishment and comfort of travelers on their way; he is the contentment and rejoicing of the blessed in their repose.

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