As a source of food and a remedy

In Canton, the Boat People especially, consume the dried meat of rats offered for sale. Here is a case of “one man’s poison being another man’s meat.”

Jan 20, 2020

By Fr Stephen Chin, Kuching
In Canton, the Boat People especially, consume the dried meat of rats offered for sale. Here is a case of “one man’s poison being another man’s meat.” Those who are inclined towards eating it must find it delicious and nourishing. For those who would not dream of touching it, there is nothing more to say on this subject! We Catholics should not take the food we have for granted. More importantly, we should be mindful of the spiritual food, the Body and Blood of Christ, that we receive in Holy Communion. How nourishing  is the Body and Blood of Christ for our souls.

Rats are Good News for the baldheadeds! There are artificial wigs and some can have hair planted on their heads; believe it or not, it is  claimed that the dry meat of rats is a good hair restorer!

The above however reminds us that if we do lose our sanctifying grace by sin, we should at once turn to Christ, our Restorer and beg Him for mercy and pardon so that we are fully restored to pristine spiritual health.

As a carrier of disease: the plague The Rat is a carrier of a parasite; it serves as a host for plague causing bacteria which has caused the bubonic plague and pneumonic plague. Much devastation was caused by this germ in Northern China which was indeed a hot-spot for plagues.

The real plague in our life as Christians is sin and our persevering in sin. While the real enemy for the rat is the cat, our real enemy is the Devil together with a world plagued with evil and our weak human flesh that can lead us to sin. Let us turn to God to cure our sin.

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