Today is 7th Sunday of Easter. Since moving the Feast of Ascension Thursday to Sunday, Catholics throughout the world are celebrating Christ’s Ascension into heaven at today’s Mass.
We will read from Acts of the Apostles, (1:1-11); take our Responsorial Psalms from Psalms 47; with a second reading from Ephesians (1:17-23) and listen to the Gospel of Matthew (28:16-20). I cannot speak for all Christians, but for Catholics who attend Mass today, the readings, responsorial, and gospel are universal within the Western Rite. I don’t know if the Traditional Latin Mass follows the same schedule of readings. I could be mistaken, but I believe theirs is the Gospel of Mark for today.
In a nutshell, next Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, brings to a close the Easter Season for the Western Rite (Roman Rite); while traditionalist (Latin Rite) observe an eight-day Octave of Pentecost, extending the Easter Season just a little further. There are a number of things about the Latin Rite of the Church I find appealing. I love the fact that women veil their heads. This isn’t some twisted form of submission, but a sign of reverence to Christ. Men remove their hats in church, women cover their heads, and most of us wear our Sunday Best because we understand what it means to enter the House of the Lord. These are outward expressions of modesty, humility and respect. While I do attend the Western Rite, where veiling isn’t the norm, I cover my head because, for me, and as an expression of my relationship with Christ, it is the right thing to do.
Whatever relationship people have with their faith and their creator is a personal journey. Unless you are on that same journey, none of us should be in a position to judge or even to correct. As a Catholic, I have some very strong feelings about teachings within the church. Not everyone is in a position to hear; accept or understand those teachings. I get the feeling everyone (even non-believers) feel the same way – that what they believe is what is true. Who would believe in non-truths in the first place? But then again, just because the majority of people believe something to be true doesn’t necessarily make it true. The world is flat . . .
There is a difference in what is True and what is Truth. Therein lay the real truth of faith.
Today is also a Sunday. And what’s better on beautiful Sunday (regardless of faith or belief or anything else) than a delicious backyard barbecue? These ribs are flavorful without so much heat that you feel you are coming to the Lord. Enjoy!
Grilled Cajun Country Pork Ribs
Cajun Spice Rub
1 tablespoon Hot Smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon dried Thyme
1 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon White Pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Mix all the herbs and spices together in a small bowl. Store in a spice gar to use as desired. (When making these ribs, I used it all).
Brined Country Ribs
4 tablespoons Salt
2 tablespoon Sugar
2 tablespoon Seasoning Salt
6 cups Water
8 Boneless Country-Style Pork Ribs
2 cups Smoky Barbecue Sauce
In a large pot, mix salts and sugar in the water. Stir until completely dissolved, set aside.
Trim excess fat from the ribs. Submerge ribs in the brine, place in the refrigerator and let brine for at least 4 hours or as much as over-night.
Remove ribs from brine, discard brine mixture. Dry ribs with paper towels. Generously coat ribs with the dry rub mixture. Let rest for 30 minutes.
Heat grill to 450-degrees. Spray grate with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Place ribs on the grate and cook for about 20 minutes, turning ever 5 minutes or so to prevent burning.
During the final few minutes of grilling, baste ribs with barbecue sauce and allow sauce to caramelize to the meat.
Serve ribs with Country Skillet Red Potatoes and Buttery Canned Corn for a down-home delicious supper.
Go and teach all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, until the end of the world
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