Studying the Greek language confirmed something etymologically that I had known experientially since I was a wee lad: mac ‘n’ cheese is the best.
In class we were reading the Sermon On The Mount:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” Matthew 5.3-11
Except we were looking at the original Greek; instead of blessed it said makarios. My mind instantly went to the food I had eaten for dinner the night before, and the night before that as well: macaroni laden in molten cheese. I mused to myself and laughed: “Macaroni are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
As it turns out, the Greek word for blessed (makarios) and macaroni are entirely related.
Out of the word for blessed (makarios), another word developed: makaria. Makaria denoted a porridge made of ground grain and liquid that was sacred to the gods, a blessed offering to them. It is from this Greek word that we eventually received the English word (by way of Italian), macaroni: a tubular pasta made from a paste of ground wheat and water.
The next time you down some of the delicious stuff, remember that you are #blessed.
bless comes from the Old English word bletsian which comes from the Proto-Germanic word blodison which means to consecrate something with blood. In many cultures, blood is one of the most sacred substances so to mark something with blood would be the highest order of blessing that could be conferred upon it. That is, other than marking it with macaroni.