Lenten Customs and “Bible” Tilapia

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This week with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart radio, we talked about Lent, which began this week. Here’s some fun facts along with my newest recipe for Tilapia.
First, why 40 days? And we know that doesn’t include Sundays.
Throughout the Bible there are references to events taking place over 40 days or years, such as the Israelites’ 40 years in the desert or Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and prayer in the desert. In the biblical sense, “Forty days is another way of saying ‘long enough’ or ‘enough time.’
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Fish fries – this is a popular Lenten activity and one which brings revenue to churches, as well.
It’s a great way not only to support your local church but to eat with like minded people a meal that symbolizes our Lenten practices. And tilapia was an abundant fish during the time of Christ. Still popular and a good buy today.
4 tilapia filets
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 nice cloves garlic, minced
A good tablespoon lemon juice for each piece
Salt and pepper
Fresh parsley and or chopped tomatoes or garnish
Preheat oven to 425. Whisk together butter, garlic, and lemon juice.
Place filets in pan and season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle with butter sauce.
Bake 10-15 minutes, until fish flakes with fork.
A reader told me he uses a large lemon and the zest as well.

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