As a Christmas gift I got one of those inspirational sayings calendars, this one from a hero/spiritual formation guru of mine, the Dalai Lama. On January 4th the statement was simple: The sharing of food is where relationship begins. It rings very true.
Think about it.
When do people usually relax the most?
Pub over nachos. Cheap burger joint. A kitchen table (heck its why most house gatherings eventually wind up there).
It is why I have always held the firm belief in my spiritual journey that communion was never about the grape juice/wine and bread/host, that was not what Brother Jesus was instituting as sacrament.
These thoughts were renewed when my daughter and I went back to our Presbyterian church home on January 1 and it was a communion service for us to partake in. You just need look to the earliest church writings from St. Paul, where he is chastising people for abusing the communion (community) meal, where some gorge and some starve, and you begin to see the true institution.
A new way of life was being called for. It would lead to the structures executing Jesus. He was saying, take time together, slow down life, break bread, eat and drink so all are cared for. Take this time to get to know one another, and like Sabbath, refresh and renew.
Yes it is a big but, and I cannot lie. Like the Dalai Lama pointed out, for building community/family it was not the be all and end all. This is meant to be the beginning where new life transformation emerges. The breaking of bread is the beginning for the most radical transformation of ever…beginning to truly love one another authentically.
So who will you invite for a quick bite to start life with?
A great commercial to see, #Eattogether