Of Faith and Popcorn

[DAD comes into the living room bearing two bowls of snacks]
Carnildo:  That’s yesterday’s popcorn.  It should be thrown out.
Dad:  That was an unnecessary thing to say.
[He puts down the bowls, which turn out to be filled with potato chips]
Me:  Well, you see, he has a very sacramental regard for popcorn.  For him, it is the manna in the desert; and as God provided yesterday’s popcorn, so he trusts God to provide today’s popcorn.  It’s really a testament of faith, Daddy.

My sermon on the meaning of the manna in the wilderness can be adapted to almost any occasion, joyful, or, as in the present case, distressing. I have preached it at harvest celebrations, christenings, confirmations, on days of humiliation and festal days. The last time I delivered it was in the Cathedral, as a charity sermon on behalf of the Society for the Prevention of Discontent among the Upper Orders. The Bishop, who was present, was much struck by some of the analogies I drew.


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