Gluten and God

I’ve been reflecting on a statement a dear Franciscan nun had shared with me.  We were discussing the gluten issue and her thought was: What better way for Satan to attack the christian people, the faithful people, but through he body of Christ.

That got me thinking….

It makes sense in several ways.  It is not Satan who has caused our intolerance to gluten but our own selfishness, greed, gluttony.  He just encourages us to give into our vices, our weaknesses, our gravitating toward sin.  Am I saying wheat is sinful…NO!  But any time we start to put more importance on ANYTHING outside of Christ….well that is sinful!

Thus from this conversation that I had with this wonderful woman….led me to think about the connection of food and faith in an even more interesting way….so take a trip with me on my pondering….

I would imagine at the time of Christ that making bread was a treat.  A person couldn’t just go out and buy flour.  They had to hand grind or mill it for themselves.  It took time, labor, love.  A person also had to crop and harvest their own; or at the very least barter with others or go to market.

Further think that grain didn’t mean just wheat.  It could have been any grain that was indigenous to that area.

There weren’t refinery plants to take out any nutrition.  There wasn’t mass productions of growing wheat, thus no altering the plant chemically to make it grow faster, stronger, more, and in an area that it didn’t belong.

Think and reflect about what was probably at a dinner table in Jesus’ time:

Lots of vegetation, dates, some fruit, nuts, maybe some meat….whole fresh or fermented foods!  Bread wasn’t a staple so much as a side…an add on.  I like to think of it more as a condiment.  It was probably used sparingly.

People probably pulled one chunk, maybe two from a loaf or flat bread….but didn’t eat the whole thing!

They took just enough to get a taste; to appreciate all the hard work that was put into creating the bread.

Then as man got older over the generations and generations of mankind…..well….we grew in our greed, selfishness, gluttony!

The industrial age did not help.

Now let’s take a look at just the science of our body.  It can only handle so much of anything.  Nuts and eggs are a great example.  They are nutritious for us but even they can become intolerant to our body if we indulge in such a way that our body starts to say no more….thus creating an allergy or intolerance.

Take a grain that is ultimately a seed, a baby of a plant, that is being mass produced….stripped of any possible nutritional value….and its being pushed on and in ALL food products.   It is being marketed to us for convenience….to give us more time to spend with family because all we have to do is pick up ready to go foods.

BUT does it really create communion with family?  Does it really give us more time?

NO!

We have as a nation, a people, lost the art of true gathering.  Our own fresh, whole food, real food….has been forgotten.   We must figure out how to create something real from our foods!

We have lost the art of gathering together, of partaking in the breaking of the bread!

We have lost the art of realizing it took time and love to prepare and create this meal, this bread.  Therefore, we must cherish these bites.  We have lost the sense of not over indulging or taking more than our share at one sitting.  We have forgotten to think that there are others at the table who need to partake as well.  There are others all around us who need to partake at the table, the banquet, the feast!

If we just stopped for a moment to think:  if I just take my share, my bite, then we can continue to reap the blessing of coming back to the banquet table each day to grow and strengthen our love and faith with Christ.

THAT IS COMMUNION!
THAT IS SACRIFICE!
THAT IS GENEROSITY!
THAT IS DISCIPLINE!
THAT IS LOVE!

AND…that is what we must fight for!

We must not let Satan steal our hearts and souls.  Don’t let Him rob us of our COMMUNION WITH CHRIST!

Tomorrow is a perfect chance TO GIVE THANKS….to celebrate MASS; the true sacrifice…the true partaking of the bread!  And to then go forward in our day…
 to share that miracle,
that LOVE
with others as we gather and feast with…
reverence…
fellowship…
yet also with…
self-control…
discipline…
dignity…
LOVE!!!

***I am thankful to all of you who always let me share my pondering, my thoughts, my reflections on my daily walk of faith…..

Many blessings and prayers to you all during the glorious gathering of Thanksgiving and every day!

~K 🙂

TRUE TUESDAY!

I have always had fun with titles.  I sit sometimes and doodle about all the different descriptive words I can use that start with the letter F to go with my last name.

TRUE TUESDAY came to me as I was thinking about all the housework I have been able to accomplish already and it is still mid morning.  I am waiting for my sweet little girl to accomplish getting herself going for the morning and I can’t help but smile.

I have been able to get up with a smile, say my morning prayers, write, workout, do my rosary, watch some news while preparing breakfast for my hubby, sweep/mop kitchen, see my hubby off to work, finish sweeping/mopping all other hard surfaces (bathrooms and entryway), take a shower, wipe down my bathroom, start on Septembers budget, and put on a pretty dress that to me speaks woman!

True woman.  I love this dress cause to me it speaks woman, dignity, modesty, elegance, feminine, beautiful, wife, mother, defender of my faith.

That may all sound silly to get all that from a silly dress but it is how I feel right now.  It’s not frumpy yet I am able to be modest and respectful of carrying myself with dignity and elegance.  I remember what I always loved about the X-Files main lady character….her attire was always modest….yet she always still was beautiful and feminine looking.

True to me.  I love being a wife and a mother.   I have actually always enjoyed doing housework.  Yet I would find myself feeling snippy from time to time thinking:
Why do I have to do “xyz”?
Why can’t anyone around here help with _______?

I realized….how can my husband know I truly love my role, my vocation, my calling of being wife and mother and teacher….if I complain about those same tasks that actually give me great pleasure in life!

As I came about this realization over this last year….and especially this summer…I shifted my attitude….my mindset……

And it brought me to this morning…..smiling….enjoying….TRULY enjoying my Tuesday morning tasks I had set out for myself.

I smile thinking about how blessed I am to have a husband to really support and love me in all that I do.  There is a mutual respect.  He knows I will honor his being the head of our house and make sacrifices when necessary.  I may not always like what he asks of me but I know it has a greater purpose.  And in return he knows my heart to true to him and when I do something it always is because of love for my Lord and for our family.

Each year life gives us interesting journeys….challenges….struggles….seasons……

I am beyond ecstatic at what life has to offer to us at this time in our life.  Some of the choices we have made and sacrifices in order to remember just how important it is to put our Lord and our FAMILY FIRST!

Thank you Lord for everything you do for me and my family!

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