My family jokes (but it is also true) that if we get together for lunch, we’ll inevitably end up talking about what’s for dinner. Food is one of those things that drives our family. I remember telling my sister that I was going to come down & visit, and her first comment was, “would you like me to cook the Porchetta?”
This means I’m naturally predisposed toward food oriented theology. Natural bias aside, I really enjoyed reading Tim Chester’s “A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community & Mission around the table.” The following is just a little taste (pun intended) of a great book!
“Jesus didn’t run projects, establish ministries, create programmes, or put on events. He ate meals. If you routinely share meals and you have a passion for Jesus, then you’ll be doing mission. It’s not that meals save people. People are saved through the gospel message. But meals will create natural opportunities to share that message in a context that resonates powerfully with what you’re saying.”
Whether one looks at the cultic practice of the Old Testament, always connected to feasts, or we look at Jesus’ practice of ministry, always meeting around a meal, we can’t help but notice how important food is, finding it’s zenith in the Eucharist! It has set the cat amongst my mental pigeons, thinking how I might honour God more at the dinner table.
In other news, I wish I had Al Bain’s capacity to hen-peck at books, but I can’t shake the need to read things cover to cover… it does make my reading slow. Even worse, I have such a horrible memory. I’m thankful to whomever the Genius was who suggested noting page numbers & the subject of bits you like in those couple of blank pages you find in the back of books. Easier to look up than underlining & infinitely nicer to the book!