UNITED NATIONS/BOLOGNA/TRIPE DAY
Job, Chapter 31, Verse 34
Because I feared the great multitude and the scorn of the clans terrified me—then I should have remained silent, and not come out of doors!
Job’s present protest is made, not in spite of hidden sins which he had been unwilling to disclose, but out of genuine innocence. He is claiming that his only fear was that of the Lord and that all his life he has followed the law of God in the nine areas of moral concern.
To practice righteousness in the areas of moral concern we must strive for humility and its source in knowing that all goodness comes from the Spirit.
Areas of Moral uprightnessavoid these like the plague
1. Falsehood and deceit
2. Exploitation of the land.
3. Lust and Adultery.
4. Rights of servants (We are all made in the image of God)
5. Hardness toward the poor and needy.
6. Idolatry. Social injustice is the reverse side of idolatry.
7. Hatred of enemies. Don’t curse. Repay evil with good.
8. Hospitality. In ancient society without police you have a duty to protect and help.
9. Hypocrisy. Integrity between mind, body and actions.
(Looks like this could be a list of prerequisite skills necessary to become a member of Congress)
United Nations Day
United Nations Day celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Charter which occurred on October 24, 1945. The United Nations is an international organization engaged in the diplomatic and peaceful communication between the countries of the world. The organization oversees issues like human rights, international security, political freedoms and democracy with an end goal of achieving of world peace. The UN Charter was officially signed on June 26th, 1945 but it could not come into existence until the signatory states had ratified it and deposited notification to the effect with the US Department of State. This occurred on October 24th, 1945. The organization's Charter has now been ratified by most countries in the world. The United Nations is a global organization with six official languages, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic. United Nations Day is observed on October 24th each year.
Pray that the UN will be a force for building the kingdom of heaven and not a secular force oppressing the religious rights of the people of God.
One wonders if it was part of His divine plan to have UN day and Baloney Day coincide.
Too add insult to injury today is also Tripe Day-Dude!
When most of us think of bologna, we think of the smooth off-pink meat that comes with the red ring of plastic around it at the grocery store. While it’s true that this is one type of Bologna, most people are unaware that there is an entire range of bologna, and that it’s all named after the country of its origin. Bologna Day is your chance to learn a little something about this traditional lunch meat and where it came from. We know that most of you consider bologna to be a childhood favorite lunchtime meat, but there’s so much more to it than just that simple meat. Bologna can be made from any number of meats, including beef, turkey, venison, chicken, and even a vegetarian soy protein. What makes bologna is the seasonings used in its preparation, a combination of nutmeg, black pepper, coriander, allspice, celery seed, and the secret ingredient, myrtle berries. This final ingredient is what gives the meat its distinctive taste, and it also happens to be found in mortadella. There are a few common forms of bologna, though most of us are familiar with the pre-sliced variety. If you’ve ever seen Kielbasa than you’re familiar with the shape of Ring Bologna, though it is completely different meat. Ring bologna is commonly sliced and used as a topping on crackers, though it is also occasionally pickled to help aid its storage. Rag bologna comes in the form of a long stick and is typically sold in a swatch of cloth, hence its name. Unlike rag bologna or sliced bologna, it has a much higher fat content and texture, being made with milk solids, spices, cereal, and flour to help give it bulk. Finally, it’s put through a bath of lactic acid and then coated with paraffin wax. If the only bologna you’ve ever had is the sliced bologna, then Bologna Day is going to be a special occasion for you!
How to Celebrate Bologna Day
Tripe, it’s a word that has come to mean ‘pointless’, ‘silly’, or ‘false’. These terms are only appropriate in how the reputation of tripe as a culinary component has been undermined. Tripe is the edible lining of farm animals, primarily cattle. While it sounds off-putting to the average palette tripe can be formed into an incredible meal full of flavor. World Tripe Day celebrates this much-reviled dish and strives to return it to a place of honor among meats. While we in English speaking countries rarely see tripe available in the store, and even less common in restaurants, it’s a popular meal in other countries throughout the world. In places like Italy, it’s so common that it’s actually served from street-side vendors as a form of on-the-go food, served with a small fork or even on a roll. There are multiple kinds of tripe, even from one animal. Take the cow, for instance. Cows have a four-chambered stomach, and each stomach is the source of a different form of tripe. Blanket Tripe (also known as smooth, flat, or plain tripe) is from the first stomach and is the least popular among those who love tripe. Honeycomb tripe comes from the second stomach, specifically from the lowest part of the same. It has a tender and meaty flavor and retains its shape during preparation. Its honeycomb texture makes it great tripe to serve with sauces. The second stomach is also the source of “pocket tripe”. Book tripe comes from the third stomach and reed tripe from the fourth.
How to Celebrate World Tripe Day
World Tripe Day is best celebrated by opening yourself to a new culinary experience if your family isn’t one of those who indulge in tripe as part of their normal diet. There is a rich experience to be had by consuming tripe, and when it is properly prepared it is a cultural favorite loved all around the world. Maybe it’s time that the English speaking countries develop a stomach for the stomach, and World Tripe Day serves as the perfect opportunity to learn a love of something new. Your stomach will thank you, for eating stomach!
The Collegeville Bible Commentary, 1986.