Food and Faith


Food and Faith 

As a child, I enjoyed the holidays for food. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy seeing my family and spending time, I just always looked forward to eating a giant meal. Food has an immense impact on a person’s value system. It influences what they eat when they eat and many more.

 The law of fasting allows only one full meal a day but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and evening. So what can you eat on days you fast? For Christians, we are abstained from eating meat on Good Friday. We are though allowed to eat fish. We eat fish on this day because Jesus sacrificed his flesh on Good Friday when he was executed and died for our sins. What days are we obligated to fast? Different churches have different rules. Christians are required fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. When fasting, we are allowed one full meal and two smaller meals which together do not equal one full meal. What is the difference between fasting and abstinence?

Fasting means to go without food or drink for a determined period of time or to limit the amount of food one consumes. Abstinence is to abstain from eating certain foods, for a period of time. The reasons for fasting are worship and sacrifice, to grow in self-mastery and to be co-redeemers with Jesus. The question we asked was “Where do you get the bread and wine that is served at church”. The response to the question was: They get bread from the universal church supplies. The bread that we get at church is pure wheat and only has water. Fr.Joy also mentioned that they add a little oil. It has no yeast and no salt. The wine we drink is made out of grapes, no apple win or orange win. 

To conclude this essay, food has a huge impact on a person’s life. Food brings families and friends together. It not only is a part of a holiday, it’s a part of the church too. God blessed us with all of this great food that we have on earth. 

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