Bless thy food

Recently, I have been changing my eating habits.

Nope. I don’t mean changing what I eat but, rather, how I eat my food.

You see, previously, I usually eat my food while watching tv. I mean, it’s my break time and what better company to have than Sheldon Cooper or Jessica Day, right? Plus, Max’s cupcakes in 2 Broke Girls can be such an awesome dessert treat too!

But, now, I’m trying to remember that food is a blessing and learn that it should be consumed without distractions.

After all, each and every one of our meal is a blessing from God. Every moment moment we pray “Give us today our daily bread,” that’s what we were asking for. Shouldn’t we give it its much-deserved respect now that we’ve received it?

Indeed, before our meals, we always pray, “Bless us Oh Lord, and these thy food, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord.” We not only asked for Him to bless the food but to bless ourselves too! Plus, praying is not just in the words but in our actions. How can we show that we appreciate the food if we only treat it as a side-dish for an activity? How can we fully absorb all the blessings we wish for if we are too busy laughing at some joke on tv? or studying some concept? or reading some book?

If you want some company, seek for the company of some family and friends. Share His gift with others. For all we now, the blessing we ought to receive from our food is much more than the nutrients it provides. Maybe, the time we eat it and share the meal with our family and friends is part of the blessing too. Eating meals may be meant to bring us all together. God always loved feasting with the apostles, the laity and even the tax-collectors. Perhaps, we should aim to do the same.

Henceforth, the next time you eat, close that book, shut down the computer and turn the tv off. Give your meal its much-deserved respect and attention. (:

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