Bread Day: 2019
April 25, 2019
As second grade prepares for their First Communion they were taught the importance of the celebration of the Eucharist and that it the most powerful experience for Christians in the Church. When we join in Eucharist, we are breaking bread and eating together in a feast that unites us with one another and with Christ.
Bread itself abounds with symbolism for us. Each ingredient has a direct relation to life itself:
- Yeast is the life-giving element in bread. It allows the bread to grow and expand. The warm environment provided by our family and friends allows us to grow as individuals in much the same way.
- Flour is the natural ingredient which enriches the bread. The “flour” in our lives is the collection of those natural characteristics that make up our personality. When these are developed, we lead a rich, full, spiritual life.
- Margarine, oil, or butter is another necessary ingredient for making bread. This lubricating element helps the bread to grow and withstand the pressure of heat when baking. The assurance and approval we receive from our loved ones act as lubricating element in our lives.
- Salt and sugar add flavor to the bread and add quick nourishment for the yeast. In the same light, special “flavor-filled” moments in our lives give us extra energy in our day-to-day lives.
Bread comes in many forms. It is very important in our lives. As we share bread at Eucharist, we are acknowledging our dependency on God and on others to sustain us.
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” -Matthew 13:33
Adapted from Loveable, Capable & Part of God’s World. Copyright 1992 by Suzie McHugh and Joy Thaler. All rights reserved.