Wednesday, October 17, 2012

As Wheat

We may have been accustomed in the past to refer to the daily "grind" of our life; and certainly the routine of the monastery, as the routine of any committed life, may be wearisome. And so we were heartened this morning, as we heard once again those poignant words of Saint Ignatius of Antioch as he approached his martyrdom in the arena. “I am God's wheat and I shall be ground by the teeth of beasts, that I may become the pure bread of Christ.” The “grind” is good; it is an opportunity for self-gift, a way to become Eucharist, a chance to be Bread as Christ is Bread.