Jollibee Breakfast

When I travel, I am enthralled with meeting the city through the food, wine/beer, and its beautiful people. When friends visit me, I present my home, city, and current and native culture in the same way.  Although I gave up meat for lent, I could not resist having tocino, longanisa, and chicken joy for breakfast.  I mean, when friends ask you about Filipino food, you could describe, but the best way to “talk” about it is to taste.

Filipinos take breakfast seriously and exemplify the belief that it is indeed the most important meal of the day. The meal normally consists of rice, the omnipresent carb in Filipino meals, and a meat or smoked or fried fish.

1I have to ask my Theological friends about this statement. [1. Ask Theologian friends about this statement.]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Despite a seemingly snappy response to his mother’s factual statement, and perhaps after realizing the opportunity to debut his majesty, he asked that six stone water jars be filled with water to the brim and be served to the master of the house.  This crisis intervention happened behind the scene, and the party continued with fine wine. It was the first miracle attributed to Jesus and was the fabulous social event that launched Jesus’ high profile ministry. <fn> test this style. </fn></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There are some Christians who argue that Jesus’ miraculous wine was non-alcoholic.2Haters gonna hate. I think that is a silly argument, and really insulting toward Jesus. Even the Holy Book disproves this.  The Gospel captures the traditional practice of serving good wine first and then eventually serving ok or mediocre wine when the guests are already so happy and inebriated to notice the difference: 3Remember for next wine tasting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; padding-left: 60px;">And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” <a href="" target="_blank">John 2:9-10</a> 4I love the fact that the Gospel reading usually falls on my birthday weekend.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Turning water to grape juice is no miracle; it’s a Cool Aid trick; but turning water into fine wine, now that takes supernatural skills only a man-god Messiah can deliver.  Whether you are a believer or not; Christian or other, you must admit that this legendary story is noteworthy at a theological, metaphysical, and symbolic level.  And when wine is present as the cornerstone of an event (just like in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and many other Christian rituals and celebrations), the event just becomes even more poetic, more glorious, more miraculous.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><img class="size-full wp-image-28" src="" alt="wedding feast at cana" width="1920" height="1304" /></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Wedding Feast at Cana | Paolo Caliari | Louvre | Paris</a></p> <p> </p> " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="wp-image-57 alignnone size-full" src="" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. I have to ask my Theological friends about this statement.
2. Haters gonna hate.
3. Remember for next wine tasting.
4. I love the fact that the Gospel reading usually falls on my birthday weekend.

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