Cooking & Relationships

e89d28265f6274f54fe2c0a29feca9cfWho needs Julia Childs?  Who needs Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet?”  Do you remember Graham Kerr?  I remember that he drank double the wine that he used in his cooking.

We have a superb chef who easily knows his way around the kitchen, Jesus Christ.  He can boil any liability out of our lives.  The yeast that he offers is himself, the leaven that rises to every need and concern in our lives.  This chef becomes the meal, he gave himself.  He offers up for us the ultimate recipe, the ultimate formula for living life.  “I give you life and it will be given back to you” – a full course meal of peace, fortitude and joy.

The trickiest meal to prepare may very well be prime rib.  It has way of looking like a rump roast but actually is prime rib. Chef Christ uses the prime rib to remind us that things aren’t always what they appear to be.  People we perceive and label as selfish may be insecure and unsure of themselves.  Give your boiling attitudes time to simmer and let your feelings cool down after  heated discussions.

Cooking demands patience, self restraint and resilience.  Give yourself enough preparation time before you mix and mash up your opinions into an oven or bake them until they’re overcooked.  Knead out those bumps that so often enter our judging minds that quickly evaluate another person.  Smooth them out so that you may see more deeply and clearer the motivations of another.  Let the ingredients of someone’s life allow you to see them more completely.  You may very well find that who you thought was just a rump roast turned out to be prime rib and that includes yourself.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on
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