April 2018: Thought For The Month

March 29 2018

Hot cross buns ... and the bread of life

Who’d have thought back in 2010 that so many people would become fascinated by a baking competition and terms such as ‘soggy bottom’ would enter the nations vocabulary.  Every week amateur bakers work tireless sieving and folding and mixing and proving and then sitting in front of a glass oven door to see whether their creation rise.  Part of the ‘entertainment’ is seeing the successes but also the failures, as cakes implode or creations collapse.

On a baking tangent, I was interested to hear last month that due to a shortage of dried fruit and berries (not Mary of course!) that hot cross buns, Christmas cake and mince pies would gradually become more expensive.  Not a happy prospect in our house.  Taking a further tangent – hot cross buns, hot or cold?  Mince pies, hot or cold?

When I was a boy, many years ago now, on a Sunday afternoon my mum might do some baking and would make rock cakes.  When placed on the table my brother and I would tip the table to give the impression that they were made out of rock – sad I know!

In many churches across the world on Easter Sunday the minister will make the affirmation – ‘He is Risen’ – and the congregation will respond – He is Risen Indeed.  Our collective faith affirming that Jesus, who was crucified on Good Friday, has risen from the dead.  John 3:16, ‘For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life’.  The true cost of Easter – not the rising costs of raisins.

Following his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples, including a time by the side of the lake where his friends (disciples) were fishing.  As they bring their catch to the shore, in John chapter 21 we read that Jesus had baked some bread and cooked some fish for his friends.

Whilst they were eating, Jesus speaks to Peter, named by Jesus as ‘the rock’ on which he would build his church, and asks him 3 times, ‘Do you love me?’  The Risen Jesus asks us the same question today – Do you love me?  What is our response to Jesus who in John 6:35 says “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “Those who come to me will never be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty.“