Blogging about life at a Benedictine monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Gift of Gifts
Together we moved to the small table, she picked
up the little vessel of water and carefully let a few drops fall into the
chalice and pitcher of wine. She looked at me and smiled. Putting down the
water, she then picked up the plate of bread. I took this as my cue to pick up
the chalice and pitcher of wine and follow her lead.
Her gentle manner in these movements caught me by
surprise. Yet, not really, because she lives a gentle and prayerful life
dedicated to her Benedictine commitment. What we were about to do, present the
gifts to the priest at the altar, is an act of commitment to our faith. What is
about to happen as the
prays over the bread and wine with the worshiping community gathered for
Eucharist is the reason we are there. Side by side we walked up the steps to
the altar. The priest received her gift of bread and then my gift of wine.
The smile I was witness to between her and the
priest was priceless. I say this because her love of Jesus was evident. She
knew that she was part of something greater than a simple exchange of bread on
a plate. After the Eucharistic celebration, I expressed my thanks to her in
helping me bring the gifts to the altar. Her response was what I should have
been expecting, “Thank you for asking me.” I grew in greater appreciation of
the importance in being the gift bearer at the Eucharist. Because she was so
present to the ministry, I will be more present to the ministry next time I am
invited to present the gifts of bread and wine. We celebrate the Eucharist
daily at Saint Benedict’s Monastery and have the opportunity to serve one
another in this way.
Sister Lisa Rose is Vocations Director at Saint
Benedict's Monastery. If you would like more information about our Benedictine
community, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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