I think the Romans understood something of the connection between eating and the bonds of friendship. The word companion literally means "one who breaks bread with another," and I
wonder which is meant to come first, the friendship or the breaking of bread?
Sometimes food might seem a peripheral detail, but I suggest it be given a more central part, regardless of any specific area of ministry. Too often it's the first to be sacrificed when the budget gets strained, but maybe we should rethink this move and make sure enough funds are allocated. The wisdom of table fellowship is at the heart of our human condition, and it opens the door to genuine avenues of evangelization. Besides, God himself has elevated "the breaking of bread" to source and summit of the Christian faith.
As the Christmas season fast approaches, may we pray for the grace to bridle any unruly appetites, that we might truly delight in the food we share with friends and family. And may we experience it as the sacramental sign it is: a delicious reminder of God's abundant goodness.
"Taste and see the goodness of the Lord." (Psalm 34:8)
REVISIT PREVIOUS WEEKS:
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening