|Jacob's birthday lunch: cinnamon rolls, onion rings, |
french fries, and Philly Cheese Steaks
(made with chicken, not steak)
I've always really loved food. Seriously, when I was about 8 or 9 years old, I bought a book on St. Edith Stein. Why? Because when I opened it in the bookstore, I opened it to a page with a picture of chocolate and oranges (I have since matured a bit and love St. Edith Stein for many profound reasons). My favorite books all had food, my favorite Bible videotapes all featured food at some point. A day of the year I always really looked forward to? My name-day/feast day. Each of us kids was/is allowed to pick one of our saints' feast days (from our name) a year to choose a special dessert to have. And, since I was named after Mary, who has a multitude of feast days, I had prime-picking of dessert-days. I wasn't obsessed with food, but I do love it. More importantly, my parents helped all of us kids to see the importance, too.
|Swai nuggets with homemade cocktail sauce!|
We saw swai at the store, and it was super cheap, so we
got it. Apparently, it's the "poor man's" fish, but it was
great, aside from this weird layer of fat that each piece
had after cooking it...
In our Principles of Biblical Study class, which Jacob and I have together, we are going through the Pentateuch. I know what you may be thinking...LAWS. Well, it's actually extremely interesting when you read the Pentateuch in light of the New Testament. For example, the covenant-making episodes many times involve eating. Think Passover lamb. Not only were the Israelites commanded to paint the blood of lambs on their doorways, but they also had to eat the lamb as well.
|Promised Land Bread (because it is flowing with milk and honey!)|
Some of the best homemade bread ever. It's so good!
They also had to eat the unleavened bread. And even after the Passover happened, the Israelites were to still commemorate the Passover and partake of the unleavened bread:
"The fifteenth day of this month is the LORD’s feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread." (Lev 23:6)
Definitely makes me think of the Eucharist...
See, God thinks that food is important, too! He gives us Himself as the Bread of Life. By receiving the Eucharist, we are brought into communion with God and with each other! At Mass, Catholics come together in prayer as the priest--their mediator--offers sacrifice to God. And God Himself becomes present, and we eat Him. That's legit. Super, mega, epic, awesomely legit!!! The Eucharist strengthens us, makes us alive, because God truly comes inside of us physically! That's awesome. I've been blessed to go to daily Mass for so long, it's now really hard to imagine what it's like to only go to Sunday Mass. Seriously, even by missing one or two daily Masses, I can notice the effects in my life. Do yourself a favor, and get to daily Mass. Receive the King of Kings, the Bread of Life, your Intimate Lover who wants to consume you as you eat Him!