An Open Letter to those who see Jesus’ face on food

Dear well-meaning, Jesus-loving, overly-excited person:

I know the story.  You were far from God.  You lived a life that probably acknowledged his existence, but weren’t devout.  Then, you saw his face somewhere unusual.  For a lady in Ohio, it was on a pistachio.  For others it has been on potato chips, on a sidewalk, or even in the smoke rising from the 9/11 attacks.  And ever since the day that Jesus showed himself to you, you’ve felt more intimate with him.

You pray more, but to whom?  To the God of the Bible, or the god of your pistachio?  To the Triune God, or to an image?

And then, in your excitement, you feel the need to share the story, so you call the news.  They come and do a story on you and you look crazier than the people who took a ride on the spaceship.  I’m not calling you ignorant or simple, I’m just saying that’s typically how you come across when the news stations pick up the story.

What was the mystery of Christ, the hope of salvation, has become a joke to tell.  Non-believers can’t take the important things seriously – the original Adam, the virgin birth, the substitutionary atonement, the resurrection – because we proclaim his message through yummy goodness.

They’re making fun of you.

The dude in Glee saw his face on a grilled cheese sandwich… and then prayed to it that he would become the starter on the football team and that his girlfriend would let him get to second base.

Can we please get back to real Christianity?

[For a more Catholic reading of this post, feel free to substitute any mention of Jesus with that of Mary. You’re welcome.]

1 Comment

  1. Do you think that God is offended by being recognized? Our Lord loves being thought of in a positive manner. No one should make fun of the way that God has chosen to awaken spiritualism. God shows us signs when we need him most. Who are we to say that these strange images are not signs from God? I have never found him in my food, but if I did…I would want to show it off too. Are you feeling ashamed of the people who have found these images? You can not prove that God did not send these particular people a sign of his presents, so are you saying that your ashamed of the way God has presented himself to them and now to you? The most important aspect here is the belief and love of God. You don’t have to belong to a church to love or be loved by God…even if his image shows up on a pistachio.

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