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What does a dog do on its day off?  A cat?  Their job is lying around.  Sometimes we may even desire a dog’s life especially in the helter skelter of the everyday, restless, moving from one thing to another.   There’s been more than one time when we have prayed the confessions of sins with the phrase, “those things I have done and left undone”,  that it crossed my mind, ohh, what did I forget to do this past week.  Of course, superficially, that has nothing to do with the fact that I have not loved God with my whole heart, no matter how many times I’ve given my heart to the Lord, nor  loved my neighbor as myself. The old Adam looks for love in all the wrong places and Mick Jagger of the ancient Rolling Stones got it right, I can’t get no satisfaction, and I’ve tried and I’ve tried.

But I’ve jumped the gun.  The serpent’s offer of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil had to do with food.  Food and drink.  Food and drink are the sure signs that we are utterly dependent creatures.  We can not live without food and water.  We are not self-watered nor self-fed.  All creatures look to You for their food in due season and You open Your hands and satisfy the desires of all the living. (see Ps. 145: 15-16)  Food and drink are the natural sacrament for which we thank the Lord.  The serpent offered the forbidden food with the false promise, you’ll be like God, then you will really be satisfied. This is the food of which we are to fast but we don’t.  The ancient foe knew what he was doing:  he wanted Adam and Eve to thirst and hunger, not for the Lord, trusting Him alone, trusting You Lord Jesus,  but for that which does not satisfy, looking to themselves and anyone but the Lord.

Is. 55:  

  “Come, everyone who thirsts,                                                                                  come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
   and delight yourselves in rich food.

And  as the Lord  poured out His blood upon the Cross, He now poured out the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, to refresh and renew people who in themselves are never satisfied.  Streams of living water, the baptized, all cleaned up, by His Blood shed, forgiven and free, dining at His Table.  

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