“Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?” The woman answered the serpent: We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die!’ Genesis 3:1-3
It seems that from the beginning of time, food has held a special place in human’s relationship with God. Hunger for food, hunger for God, hunger for wisdom, all of these hungers are God given and as God always does – He gives them to us for a reason.
The relation of food and God is evident though out the Old Testament. In fact the old testament is a veritable cook book! And Jesus – through various parables and miracles shows us the way to Him – through the illustration of food.
And even his most divine gift – the sacrifice of the Mass – is a celebration of food as well as a sacrifice of the Holy lamb.
Why is that? – why this connection between food to God?
Our hunger for God and our hunger for food are related. Our bodies are divinely made. The Catholic Church recognized this teaching early in its existence. The Church Fathers recognized the Gnostics and their faulty teaching that all temporal or earthly things are bad. No, we as Catholics celebrate our bodies and food through our various customs of feasts and fasts!
Sadly, many of our Catholic customs have been pushed by the wayside. I hope to explore a few of these and even offer a recipe or two or some other ‘Food for Thought.’
This blog may be sometimes serious or sometimes whimsical, but I hope for it to note and notice the many ways in which our everyday lives reflect and embody the miracle of our faith.