Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Our Daily Bread: A Baby Always Comes with a Loaf of Bread Tucked Under His Arm

A Continual Feast talks about the traditions of Christian hospitality. Matthew's gospel reminds us that by serving others we serve Our Lord. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. We can also think of St. Martha who had the special oppertunity to serve Christ Himself!

I am still humbled when I look back a few months to when our daughter was born. So many family and friends prepared meals for us as we settled in with our newest addition. The dinners were such a help, the visits were a blessing, and all of the personal details of the meal were signs of affection! It was so fun to try new recipes and to settle into the comfort foods that people shared with our family. And oh did little Miss Martha come with many loaves of bread under her arm. There were loaves to accompany the meal- and even sweet breads and muffins for our family to enjoy the next morning!

Rebecca reminds us that while we always remember that mothers with new babies need meals, newly expectant mothers often need help as well! So do families that have recently lost a loved one, or families with a loved one in the hospital or very sick at home. In these cases, perhaps you could help by organizing an online meal sign up for the family with one of these tools.

It is September, the start of a new school year, and every one is busy these days. But if we look around, there are so many great opportunities to serve those around us. The tradition of Christian Hospitality is so beautiful, and a great one to teach by example to our children.

And we should remember to take our cue from Sarah and Abraham.
We never know when we might be serving angels!

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful post! Sweet, prayerful, true, useful! Thank you!