Well why not?
Today’s episode of Glee, aptly called grilled cheesus, is my favorite so far. Not for the gospel songs, although Mercedes beautifully killed her renditions of I look to You and Bridge over Troubled Water. And did you hear Rachel sing Papa can you hear me? I could imagine myself singing that song to God. Yes, under the gleaming stars and with the solemn night sky before me.
But I particularly loved this episode because, while I was doubtful of how the topic of Faith and Religion will be handled, (come on, Jesus through the eyes of hollywood?), I was surprised that the approach on the subject of belief was done sincerely and on a very personal level. To the point that Finn believes he saw the face of Jesus in his grilled cheese sandwich. Okay, that was funny.
Also, what this episode brought out was an open discussion of personal faith. Too many times people have found that talking openly about it can be ostracizing, and on the extreme end, harrowing. Sue took umbrage at the singing of religious songs and decided to complain about it. Which is really weird when you think about how singing religious songs isn’t a new cultural discovery in some civilization. But I guess that drives the point home that too often people are just not comfortable talking or hearing about faith. And on the rare instance that people do talk about it, (at least to others), they’re met with reactions that are, at best, ignorant, at worst, intolerable. They don’t have leprosy yet people avoid and turn away from them!
Have you ever been in a situation like that? Have you ever openly talked about your faith and had a door slammed in your face? Finn confided in Ema about the supposed communication of Jesus in his grilled cheese sandwich, yet she took the logical stance that it simply could not be true.
So the question still remains: can we find Jesus in sandwiches?
Moses would gladly give us a lesson or two on the matter. How God spoke to him through the burning bush still amazes me to this day. And maybe we can revisit Balaam and find comic relief that God used a donkey to warn him. Looking up at the stars and marvelling at God’s declaring he created them reveal his very presence in nature.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
God speaking to Elijah through the quiet whisper of a voice tells me He doesn’t always parade himself in earth-shaking phenomenon. And my personal favorite of all was his coming to the world wrapped in swaddling clothes and crying in a manger.
If we can find Jesus in the obvious and hear from him in the most unusual of things, can we not hear him speak to us through, say, a sandwich? Just don’t expect it to talk back —I beg you, please be a little profound. But now that I think about it, so many people are desperate to hear from God. I wonder why they won’t just open their Bible and find out for themselves. They’d be surprised that the Bible is just as good a food as grilled cheese sandwich is. And even more satisfying!
But that’s an honest confession, Finn. :-)
“And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” – Colossians 1:17