Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

This is one of my favorite Food Network shows! I love hearing what other people like to eat and the different places that they've gone to eat at. I recently was able to go to one of the 50 best breakfast places in the 50 states voted by the Food Network. It was a great place with a fun atmosphere. The food was...okay. It wasn't the best thing I've ever had, but it wasn't bad. It got me thinking...what was the best thing I've ever eaten? Well, I have had some pretty great things...pizza is a favorite, and I like it when we make it from scratch and put fun toppings on it. Orange scones from Panera are amazing! Bean dip from a little Mexican restaurant in Steubenville, Oh, Oh and grilled toast from Spanky's in Steubenville...OM! That is one of the best things ever! I could go on and on about the great things I've eaten...but I want to touch on the BEST thing I have ever had! Jesus gave us His body and blood, a sacrifice for us, every time we participate in the celebration of the Mass. On the outside it looks like a little wafer of bread, pretty much tasteless and not much texture, but when I think about what I am consuming I am overwhelmed by the mystery of it all! In the gospel of John, Jesus says, and I quote: "Amen, amen I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him." People LEAVE Him because of this, they say "nope, not doing it." Don't you think if Jesus had meant it was just a symbol of His flesh and blood, he would have called them back? Don't you think He would have said, "I didn't mean it like that"??? Instead He turns to His best friends and asks if they are going to leave Him to. He meant what He said! So then I think...if He really means it, then I need to pay attention...if we are what we eat...if we partake in the Eucharist on a weekly, or daily basis, we will become more like CHRIST! That is, by far, the Best Thing I Ever Ate...and I've eaten a lot of great things!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Life is a Gift

I was sitting in my office the other day and a woman came in, and she was telling us that just the night before her house had burned down with her in it! She was a little shaken, she had literally just come from the hospital from being treated for carbonmonoxide posioning. But she was also very calm...too calm, I thought for someone who had just lost everything. Then she said this: that everything in her house had burned EXCEPT for her little saint statues and crucifixes. Someone was watching over her... She explained that she was very out of it while she was in the house and not really knowing what was happening but she started to pray for the intercession of St. Michael and that she was so blessed because she had been saved. This made me stop and think, here I was thinking how horrible it was that she had lost everything...but I had forgotten that the most important thing/person had been saved. HER! What a miracle! The reason why she was so calm was because she knew that God had spared her...she very easily could have died that night. But God knew that she still has work to do on this earth, His work. What a gift I was given that day too! I was reminded that things are simply that: THINGS...but life, ah life, that is the real gift! Clothes can be re-bought, books, furniture, things...you can get replacements. But life, that doesn't get replaced. Are you living your life for the right reasons? Are you cherishing the gift that Christ gives you everyday? Live your life with purpose!

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