Sweetness Part 2 (Raisins)

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Our country is obese because we love sugar. How’s that for getting more views on today’s blog? (because it’s negative…#typicalFrontPageNews)

I’m a big reader not just in Catholic books, but also in health books. I’d say it’s a pretty common argument to lessen your sugar consumption if you want to lose weight. This is hard for the majority in our country (I would believe) because they’re not getting their sweetness from Jesus. I’m making an assumption, of course, and so I could be wrong. Only God can judge people’s hearts. But I’d like to quote Saint Thomas Aquinas:

No man can live without joy. That is why one deprived of spiritual joy goes over to carnal pleasures.

If you’re in need of getting to know Jesus’ sweet love for us in Scripture (first go to the Eucharist before Scripture, but definitely go to both), one of the many places you can go to is in the book, Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs depending on your translation). If you’re not aware, we traditionally interpret the Bridegroom as Christ and the Bride as we the church. Now that that’s established, let’s get to some sweet verses! Song of Soloman 2:4-5 from the 1899 Douay Rheims Bible, states:

He brought me into the cellar of wine, he set in order charity in me.

Stay me up with flowers, compass me about with apples: because I languish with love.

Song of Solomon 2:5 from the RSVCE (Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition) of the Bible, states:

Sustain me with raisinsrefresh me with apples;for I am sick with love.

I believe this is part of the wisdom behind the practice of fasting (instead of consuming physical sweetness, we open ourselves to receiving Jesus’ spiritual sweet love for us. Not that we don’t receive His sweetness in other ways, because we do in the Eucharist for example. But fasting would be another way, although a lesser way than the Eucharist since the Eucharist is Christ Himself).

Before ending, I know there are people who are into the tough part of Jesus (#meToo Mike, you didn’t just do that! Ok #iAmAsWell #isThatBetter?). I don’t think this conflicts with His sweet love for us though. Here’s an example we can understand. A parent who punishes his/her child does it out of love for their child. It may feel tough on the kid, but the parent still feels sweet affection for them.

For part 1 of the sweetness of the faith, you can find it at:

Stay sweet my friends (because that’s how Jesus is with us)
Mike Panlilio

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