Eighth Sunday of Pentecost
Drink Wine and Milk Without Paying a Cent
Isaiah 55: 1
Even in the time of Isaiah, the Jews were already a people of the city. Country people milk their own cows and goats, and they make their own wine from grapes - their food comes directly from hard work, rather than being paid for with money.
But Isaiah sees that our loving God doesn't ask either for money or for hard work: the gifts of God, especially Jesus' death on the cross, are truly free.
In a warm country, fresh milk doesn't keep very well. The Israelites were more familiar with yogurt. They probably ate almonds or walnuts instead of peanuts, but their vision of a wonderful country included all the milk and honey they wanted: a land flowing with milk and honey.
Nut and Honey Shake
For two servings:
Mix 2 cups of lowfat milk, 1/4 cup plain (unflavored) yogurt, 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter and 2 teaspoons of honey.
Blend or whip thoroughly, and serve very cold.
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