Since St. Anthony of Padua was assigned for some time to the kitchen of a small monastery, we can be fairly sure that bread baking was part of his day. Working his hands into the dough, kneading and pounding, I wonder if his prayer was often centered on the Eucharist. He had that rare opportunity of actually creating the bread which became the Body of Christ!
How often do we take the time to consider the importance of the Eucharist in our lives? The fact that God wants to share Himself with us, and indeed share a meal with us, every day? When we eat with someone, share our food and conversation, there is an intimacy born. So also with our Lord. We can talk with Him, bring our concerns and lay them on the altar, and receive in return the love and strength to go on another day. The next time we go to Mass, let us be in awe of our King who comes to us as a pauper, and remember, with St. Anthony, the privilege of dining with our God.
St. Anthony, pray for us!