On Saturday, I made matzah. Your right that seems a little strange for me. I don’t cook or bake a lot, I am not Jewish and really why would I need to bake unleavened bread during a pandemic. Let me explain. A friend posted on FB that she had baked matzah. Side note: matzah, matzo, matza are all correct spellings. Knowing that online church was having Communion on Sunday (Palm Sunday), I thought I am going to make matzah. The ingredients are simple – flour, kosher salt and water. I decided to half the recipe because I only needed one little piece. The extra would be good with peanut butter. The recipe called for a pasta machine or rolling the dough very thin. I don’t own a pasta machine so in the back of the cupboard I found my rolling pin. I combined the ingredients and then…
It is hard to explain but there was a moment when I had this overwhelming sense of being connected to all of time. The realization that all over the world for centuries people have made matzah gave me this feeling of being rooted in something so much bigger than myself. It was humbling. And comforting. And so much more.
The matzah turned out okay. It is tricky to bake. You have to be very present. Watching. Turning. Watching. If you had seen my kitchen and the fruits of my labor you would have thought epic fail. All I can say is wow.
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV