March 31, 2016: Easter Thursday

While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ (Luke 24: 41–42)

            Breaking bread, baking fish. Luke’s foodophile Jesus pops up again. I’m on board with Luke here—especially as a Precious Blood candidate who connects eating and preparing food to hospitality. The peak experiences with folks in my life haven’t always been around food, but they’ve been with folks I’d eaten with too many times to count. Troubled hearts soul-full conversations are more easily entered into with some food around a table. A béchamel sauce doesn’t lessen the reality of suffering in our lives, but there is a radical equality around the table and an ability to subvert our cultural values which impede the Gospel in our world. How are we responding to Jesus at the tables of our lives, feeding and finding nourishment?

Mr. James Smith, C.PP.S. (Cincinnati)



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