Blessed and Broiled Fruits
As you know I’ll be going to the Holy Land for a culinary adventure of a life time! On this unique pilgrimage, we will discuss and dine on the God’s goodness. As you know, Chefs for Peace (Christian, Jewish and Muslim chefs) will be cooking for us, giving us opportunities to learn about biblical foods and explore ways on how we can bring peace to our world – one meal at a time. You have ONE more week to sign up – so act now! Click here for the registration form and contact information.
One idea about biblical foods that comes up quite a bit is determining what exactly is the forbidden fruit? While we have to see that a literal fruit was forbidden, we also have to recognize that the fruit symbolized sin – especially disobedience. Sin, disobedience to God’s command, is a forbidden fruit. And yes, disobeying God’s commands can harm us. In some cases, kill us!
The Scriptural concept of “fruit” is not limited to the edible, generally sweet, and juicy produce from plants, vines or trees. For God, it’s more about what we do – it’s the product of our lives that can feed a hungry soul.
Our Grace Before Meals team works very hard to encourage people to bear good fruit in their lives. As such, they can feed the soul, which yearns for the Blessed Fruit that hangs from the Tree of Life. It’s the only remedy we have to combat the destructive poison that comes, even when we nibble, on the forbidden fruits that grow like weeds all around us.
To complement our discussion on fruits, I have a great recipe idea for you, which can be used for many different types of fruits. In this case, I’m using fresh figs, compliments from parishioner’s fig tree.
Let us pray: Father in Heaven, You provide us with the best of foods for the soul. Help us to avoid the temptation of eating and digesting the forbidden fruits of our lives. Keep us always hungry to receive the Blessed Fruit of Mary’s womb, and to approach the Supreme Meal of Grace with humbled and contrite hearts. Through the name of Jesus, our Savior and God. Amen.
|A picture of Jesus praying Grace with his Holy Parents, Joseph and Mary.|
- What’s a unique way that you prepare fruits?
- How do you explain what is a forbidden fruit to your family?
- What “blessed fruits” do you or someone you know produce?
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Corn Tortilla Soup
This summer I visited the Bodega Bay area in California. It offers such a different feel from the rest of state that it reminded me how guilty I can still be of stereotyping at times. Stereotypes in general aren’t helpful, so I’m happy to say that this beautiful coastal part of the world really humbled me. It made me realize (once again) how big our world is. While I’ve traveled quite a bit to spread the Good News and our Grace Before Meals movement’s message, I haven’t even scratched the surface.
I shouldn’t be surprised, though. God who made the world reflects His deeply mysterious and beautiful presence in and through His creation.
|Natural rock formations high above the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean.|
It’s amazing to drive from a serene coastal area complete with foggy mornings and chilly evenings in July, then drive just about one hour to the almost Tuscany-like Italian terrain and weather of Napa Valley. Go a different direction and you’ll encounter Giant Redwoods. Or drive in yet another direction and see the mountain view from a historical lighthouse still in use today!
|View of Castello di Amarosa in Napa Valley.|
And talk about diversity? We stopped in San Francisco for a visit and came across goats being used to eat through overgrown weeds and brambles. Not exactly what I thought I’d see in a big city – but then again, stereotypes shouldn’t apply.
|What looks like a difficult task for landscapers, these “hired” goats find this an urban smorgasbord.|
Yes, God continues to humble me through my traveling ministry as an “itinerant preacher.” He reveals His beauty through nature. It is our job to preserve it and celebrate it. And, of course, one of the best ways to celebrate God’s glory is through food!
|Statue of St. Francis of Assisi located at the Franciscan Winery in Santa Barbara, Ca.|
To help get through some of the chilly evenings at Bodega Bay, I made a tortilla soup using leftover nachos. Our group already had our share of these as a snack, and over a period of days, the chips lost their crispy crunch. But I didn’t want to waste the chips, even if they aren’t very expensive food. So, in the spirit of not wasting, and in the spirit of trying to be more like God – who can create something remarkable out of nothing – I let the creative juices flow, and voilà: creamy tortilla soup. The creamy deep flavors of a familiar snack, but elevated with white wine, cheese, and fresh cilantro. It’s hearty, sophisticated, and breaks the stereotypes of how to eat regular store-bought (and leftover) nachos!
|Creamy Corn Tortilla Soup|
Check out this week’s episode of “Savoring Our Faith”:
Mother’s Day Menu
Moms feed their children from the moment they are conceived in the womb, which is where life begins! With breastfeeding, a mom continues to naturally give her child sustenance by giving of herself. And even after a child has learned to fend for themselves, there exists an instinctual desire for a mother to feed her children. I think of my own mother who insists I eat something each time I visit home – even when I’m not hungry!
Mothers also have an ongoing concern about whether or not their children are being fed spiritually. A regular practice of our faith will let her know she has accomplished this task. By living our faith well, we can also show to our moms we have put ourselves in God’s hands. For a mom, that’s the best place for her children. The second best place however, is around the dinner table with her.
In my book, Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life, I dedicate an entire chapter to moms. The bite sized theological essays, conversation starters, and recipes, help husbands and children show their gratitude to mothers by making them a special breakfast in bed.
So to make this a special Mother’s Day weekend, be sure to do something special for mom, like making her the suggested menu in my book, and going all together as a family to church.
CLICK HERE for a few recipe ideas to help celebrate Mother’s Day.
Recipe for the marinated fresh fruit:
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Let us pray:
Father in Heaven, you gave us our moms as a sign of your love for us. May we always be grateful for this gift. May we cherish the dignity of women, and especially those who made great sacrifices to bring life into this world. Protect all mothers from anxiety for their children, and may our prayers for moms be a sign of our gratitude and love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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