One of the many aspects that makes St. Gabriel’s in New Orleans’ Sunday worship meaningful is the participation of so many parishioners in various ministries. One of these is bread making for the Eucharistic bread. I take my turn about twice a year for a month to do this loving service.
What a privilege it is to make the very bread that becomes Christ’s Body. That very loaf becomes the real Presence, and the hungry of spirit are fed with the ordinary staff of life. That bread was fashioned from the familiar flour, honey, milk, baking soda, water, and salt to feed and nourish many lives. Before I begin the process of making the bread, I pray that Jesus accompany me while I make it, praying that this bread is fashioned for His honor, and that it turns out!
(Sr. Kerstin Maria tutors young children and adults at the Mirabeau Family Learning Center in New Orleans, LA)