Yeast when observed,
plain judgment is confirmed.
It seems in your bread,
not enough would through spread.
Yet, as it flows over water,
it breathes and grows stronger.
The liquid embraces the feed,
as two become one in bountiful mead.
The flour awaits
opening its gates;
forming a deep well,
accepting life’s giving swell.
The yeast is now sown
through dough’s humble throne.
Looking on, it would again seem,
that throughout, strength would not ream.
With one faith-filled prayer,
you must trust the yeast’s care.
The hours pass in dark waiting
all the while, the yeast is creating.
The time is now here,
all doubt disappears,
for the cloth unveiled,
abundant life prevailed.
Before you begin your day:
I love baking bread. It symbolizes the beautiful reminder that there is only so much we on our own can contribute. You can mix flour, water, and salt all day long, but without yeast, you miss that wondrous rise. So, I find an essential ingredient to be utmost faith in the yeast's ability to leaven the mixture.
For the next few moments, let us become this ordinary, wanting flour mixture. Flour is a substance created from the grinding of raw grains or seeds. Its purpose in bread making is to provide strength and structure. Do you have a specific prayer that furnishes you with strength? Do you allow prayer to lend needed structure to encountered chaos?
Water is a transparent, tasteless, odorless, and colorless chemical substance. It flows within Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms. By hydrating, water is a crucial factor in the formation of dough. Do you allow our Blessed Lord to quench your thirst - to hydrate any dryness resonating within? Do you recognize His vital presence in your formation?
Salt is essential for life in general. It binds the structure, stabilizes the dough, and slows the process of fermentation. Trusting in God's timing is easy when things are identifiable and come readily. But do you have faith in delayed understanding? Can you feel the Spirit's stable movement through this time of waiting?
Yeast lives! It is a microscopic fungus consisting of single oval cells that reproduce by budding. The most common being S. cerevisiae acts as a leavening agent. This fungus converts fermentable sugars present in dough into the gas carbon dioxide. This living process causes the bread to expand and rise. It breaths. (definition adapted from dictionary.com)
As we approach this Holiest of Weeks, let us develop an eager anticipation for His rising? Become immersed in the Passion's chaos; the dryness; and the wonder with intention. Become ferment-able, so that you can receive Him in the well of your wanting soul on Easter. May He breathe within and expand, transforming your ordinary into extraordinary!
During your day:
"the body of the Lord cannot be flour alone or water alone, unless both should be united and joined together and compacted in the mass of one bread; in which the very sacrament our people are shown to be made one, so that in like manner as many grains, collected, and ground, and mixed together into one mass, make one bread; so in Christ, who is the heavenly bread, we may know that there is one body, with which our number is joined and united" ("On the Sacrament of the Cup of the Lord," No 13 - St. Cyprian).
Read Matthew 13: 33; Luke 13: 20-21; 1 Corinthians 5: 7; Galatians 5: 9
Throughout your day:
INHALE: I hunger.
EXHALE: You feed.
(repeat as many times as needed)
Before you end your day:
I am Your flour; I await;
I open my wanting soul's gates;
I form within a deep well,
I am ready to accept You -
life’s giving swell.
Every time I consume
the bread of the Mass
let it be a reminder of
the yeast that I lack.
Goodnight; sleep well; know you are blessed.