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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