Vegetarians, Non- Vegetarians, Vegans, Fasting, …..
“…The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God.
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem the circumcised believers confronted him,
saying, “You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.”
Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,
“I was at prayer in the city of Joppa when in a trance I had a vision, something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me. Looking intently into it, I observed and saw the four-legged animals of the earth, the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky.
I also heard a voice say to me, ‘Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.’ But I said, ‘Certainly not, sir, because nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
But a second time a voice from heaven answered, ‘What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.‘ This happened three times, and then everything was drawn up again into the sky. ..” Acts 11:1-18.
We see from the above how Peter was granted a Vision by God to bring clarity to Mankind as he set about taking forth the Mission granted by Jesus. Too often in every country and society we have those who make themselves ‘Superior’ to others, to look down on others who eat some, of which they do not – on account of Religious ‘Hypocrisy’.
We know that from the above ACTS 11:1-18, that God has provided all things in Nature for the Good of Man. So in due course Man realised what is Good for him and what should be avoided based on experience passed on from generation to generation.
Today it is so heartening to know about so many researches made possible by the Gift of Human brain from God and the technology it brought about, to help us understand how exactly the myriad complexity of a human body is aided and can be healed by the diverse produce provided by the Divine Healer.
The Almighty should know considering He designed our Bodies and it’s minute and extremely complex needs to be met and which marvelously has already been provided by Him millions of years ago before Man was allowed to evolve… So when He sees how foolish Mankind try to abstain from some God given Bounty for our benefit to then declare others unworthy for availing of the same, we then know it is a matter of ignorance. This has to be addressed to then share the above Message of God to Peter for all of us…..
While no one can compel us to eat or not to eat, it has to be a Choice, but an Informed Choice. So we do know that eating BEEF gives iron to a human body and if it is available abundantly and cheap in a land it should be left to the people to consume or not.
But to say that someone becomes less worthy or Superior because one does not eat or eat of some produce, it is important to realise that God granted life to Man takes precedence over petty issues such as these to classify humanity.
What is then important is to know and learn of what is good for us to be healthy and nutritionally beneficial to sustain our life in the long run. But what is good for my health and well being should also be available to others if they choose to avail of their own hard earned income. We now know that a balanced diet is the one recommended by common sense of experience of hundreds of generations across the World.
Ease of mobility and technology today makes the marvel of saving lives possible and so if India is blessed with pepper, spices and turmeric among thousands of others…then the US instead of trying to Patent this ancient natural wonder available and used in India from thousands of years, can work out a deal with India to buy and then bottle it for the use of others around the globe to whom it is not available. This is an example of Christianity for the Good of India as well as those around the World.
The many bounties that God has granted the continent of America can be made available to others around the globe with the facilities today of Research and Design in many a farming and manufacturing field. This leads to the need of strong Morals in the field of Trade between countries.
And just as the Church Teachings can be applied to a Human, or community, similarly it can be applied to the Nations. What we need then is the need of the hour to get up to take the Message of Jesus across – starting from our own families, communities and we will in due course see strong leadership by those elected to Governance.
The children of the World can be taught by Church abiding Parents to make a difference in the coming years to STOP choking life out of so many Needy around the World by neglect, selfishness, indifference or COVET. The Church and the Good Shepherds can and should make a difference in their communities.
It is fascinating to see how Divine Providence has made it mandatory for Man to travel in order to obtain that which is not in their region. We then understand how trade started and the early travelers faced the unknown, to sail and travel to obtain be it pepper, silk or other precious things distributed in nature as is the Wisdom of God.
So when Resources and trade are necessary, today Man can no longer be curtailed by boundaries because the sheer size of population to be fed. Can the rich hoard and store only for themselves.? Strong Governance by Men and Women of strong character and Morals are needed to help the people of the many Nations on this Mother Earth with diverse languages and God given Resources.
Man is called to use his time and energy to work. And then the WORK of God and the Work of Human Hands can go together when we walk by the Teachings shown by Jesus.
He showed us how – by the insistence on living by the Ten commandments of God. This will come to us if we have love and SERVICE as truth in our Hearts. To obtain this truth in our daily lives we have to SEEK.
Seeking brings the TRUTH to know the Way ahead in our Daily Lives as we follow in the Light of Jesus. This is true for me as so every human on earth ….and the sooner we work to bring this Truth to every Creature on earth, there will not be scenes or pictures of hungry children or children helpless trying to take in air through throats ravaged by chemicals sprayed in the air by human adults…..Surely God created us better than the other animals that He created for our consumption.
How can we say that we do not eat some animal or plant or follow some Rituals in the name of Religion and and then go forth to wreck such havoc where we take away the RIGHTS or lives of precious human beings – the species God made in His own Image….
We are given the Gift to be able to think, feel, see, hear to work, earn and feed ourselves and these can be good if we SEEK to make Informed Choices…..to be connected back to the Maker. We are all connected and the Choice to be in Holy Communion with Jesus is going to make a difference today and in the centuries to come.
Yes, we sure hope and pray that some day all make the Informed Choice to follow Jesus in Actions to PRAY and SERVE each other…
Away with Hypocrisy and let us be in Christ to see Christ in each other ……to eat to LIVE by our own hard earned means – by honest and sincere work.
Reflection: On this important point of Food which nourishes our Body can we FAST in the name of Religion for a day or a few weeks and then go forth to abuse our Bodies with gluttony for the rest of the year..!