How to receive the bread of Eternal Life? - Episode 5


Sour Dough Bread Starter

Leavened dough shaped and ready for baking.


Sour Dough Bread Starter




1 cup dark rye flour
3 cups unbleached bread flour
2 1/4 cups water, at room temperature




Day 1: Mix the rye flour and ¾ cup water together until they form a stiff ball of dough. Tuck it tight in a container, cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for 24 hours.

Day 2: Combine the mix from Day 1 with 1 cup unbleached flour and ½ cup water, mixing it. The dough will be softer and wetter than before. Cover with plastic wrap and ferment for 24 hours at room temperature.

Day 3: There will probably be a 50-percent rise. Discard half of the starter and mix the remaining half with 1 cup unbleached flour and ½ cup water. Cover, and ferment for 24 hours.

Day 4: The mass should have at least doubled in size. Repeat as on Day 3. Cover and ferment until it at least doubles in size. If it falls easily when you tap the container, it is the sign that this seed culture is now ready to become a barm.

This barm will be used in dough that will eventually make an all natural (including its leavener) sourdough bread. See the bread recipe on the internet.

How to Receive the Bread of Eternal Life?


"So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him."
Luke. 24, 35


Jesus is the Bread of Eternal Life. Who comes to Him will never hunger. As vital as bread is to human civilization, so is Jesus as spiritual food. To look at the Beatitudes is to look at a list of the soul’s longings. The Beatitudes cover all the aspirations of a soul and each of those aspirations is a spiritual hunger… To each spiritual hunger is a spiritual food. Yet, some of us believe that they will find total satisfaction in the goods of this earth. But the wise man, though, realizes that his hungers are infinite: only the infinite good, the communion with God, can fulfill his longings.


The soul’s exact objects of longing may take different forms for each of us. And some longings may not be obvious. Yet, it does not mean, that we do not have them. We may be in need of peace, of friendship or righteousness without knowing it.


Likewise, nutrition tells us that we may be depleted of iron without knowing it. Only when we fall sick, a doctor may analyze our blood and find the depletion. Then he will recommend dark green leaves vegetables or iron in pills. In the spiritual life too, the lack of nutrient may take the form of a ailment such as lethargy, aggressiveness or addiction. In the Beatitudes, Jesus, doctor of the soul, goes over the basic needs our soul. He gives his peace, love and righteousness; He gives Himself.


"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account."
Matt. 5, 3 - 11


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