Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sharing a Meal


I recently had a wonderful three hour dinner with some friends. Good conversation, food, and drink makes us one in a way that nothing else does.
Jesus had meals like this with his friends and with his disciples. He was creating a community. He didn't want this to stop when he was no longer with them. In his last dinner with them he asked them to keep on having dinners together in his memory. He made these dinners a symbol of his continuing presence in them and among them. Through these dinners he would continue to create the community of his followers.
Everyone was to be welcomed. No one was to be excluded. If anyone strayed, taking part in one of these holy dinners would be the way for them to be reconciled to the community. Through Word and Bread and Wine Jesus will make us one.
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