When speaking of the first temptation of our Lord, Joseph Ratzinger says, “Is there anything more tragic, is there anything more opposed to belief in the existence of a good God and a Redeemer of mankind, than world hunger?” (Jesus of Nazareth, p. 31)
When reflecting on this temptation, we also have to call to mind other moments in the scripture which bread is referenced: the feeding of the five thousand (Matt. 14:13-21) and the Last Supper. God remained the center of these events, God’s people desired him, God’s people lived in community and were ready to share what was given to them from the Father. When this order is disrupted, we simply become a nice aide, another human resource agency that tells the world God is not primary. We live in such a tangible world in which God is not manifest as we manifest the things of the world. Have we replaced God for something else? God is the very reality in which nothing else can be considered good apart from him.
We do not live on bread alone, but by obedience to the Father. Once we know obedience to God, everything else falls into place.