“On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me eleven pipers piping.” – Frederic Austin
Have you ever read the story of the pied piper?
A man with a magic pipe charms rats into following his beautiful music, leading them away from a small German town. After diminishing the town’s rat infestation, the townsfolk withhold the piper’s payment. He then punishes their greed using the power of his pipe to guide their children out of town.
Like the music of the pied piper, religion powerfully influences its followers. Compare the fictional pied piper to a real-life character named St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who led many women to Christ by creating the first female religious community in the 18th century. She used religion to positively impact the lives of the poor, women, and widows, whereas; the pied piper used his music to negatively impact the stingy.
While we draw morals from both of their stories, perhaps the most important lesson we learn is to be careful who or what we follow.
The 11 pipers piping symbolize the eleven faithful apostles (excluding the misled Jesus). The disciples, impacted by the profound shepherding of Christ, later used all they learned to make even more disciples.
As I observe the eleventh day of Christmas by eating flautas resembling a musical pipe, I recollect the wise and foolish leaders in my past. I pray for God’s guidance and leadership to reign supreme in my life. I pray He will send wise earthly leaders to direct my path, and I pray that He will make me like the disciples or St. Elizabeth Ann Sutton, using my gifts to point others toward His love. I then praise God that even a simple flauta can be used as a symbol to remind me of His perfect guidance.
- 11 Flour Tortillas (fajita style)
- Cooking Spray (butter or olive oil will work if you do not have cooking spray)
- 1/4 cup of salsa (see homemade option)
- 2 1/2 cups Pulled chicken (can be rotisserie chicken or crockpot chicken)
- 1/2 TBSP Badia complete seasoning
- 1/2 TBSP Tajin Classic Seasoning With Lime
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp. cumin
- Salt (To taste)
- Pepper (To Taste)
Quick Homemade Salsa Ingredients:
- 15 tomatoes
- 1/2 of a jalapeño
- 1/4 of a small yellow onion
- 1/2 tsp. Garlic
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
- (Skip this step if using store-bought salsa.) For the salsa add all of the salsa ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until ingredients are well-combined but still slightly chunky.
- Prepare a baking sheet with a fitted rack by spraying a generous amount of cooking spray all over the rack.
- Combine items 3-10 in a mixing bowl and stir until all ingredients are well-integrated.
- Dollop 2 heaping TBSPs of chicken mixture into one side of the flout tortilla. Wrap the tortilla shell tightly around the chicken mixture.
- Continue step 5 with the remaining tortilla shells.
- Place the flautas on your prepared pan with a fitted rack and place them in the oven. Allow the flautas to cook for 7-12 minutes, depending on your crunch preference.