Discovering Grace and Community

Food matters. Meals matter. Meals are more than about eating and nourishment; meals are full of significance. Carolyn Steel in Hungry City writes, “Few acts are more expressive of companionship than the shared meal...someone with whom we share food is likely to be our friend, or well on the way to becoming one.” The word companion comes from the Latin cum (together) and panis (bread).

Throughout history, The Table has been the epicenter for relational and communal life. Maybe that is why in his Gospel, Luke tells us that Jesus came “eating and drinking.” (Luke 7:34). Mark’s Gospel tells us why Jesus came, “…to seek and save the lost.” But Luke tells us how He came, “eating and drinking.”

I love the way the conclusion that one commentator makes, “In Luke’s Gospel Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal or coming from a meal.” I hope that as we travel together from meal to meal with Jesus, we will recognize, experience and taste the grace Jesus offers us around The Table.

- Rev. Marty Vershel

April 23: Something You Ate? (Luke 24:13-32)

April 30: Working In a Sausage Factory? (Luke 11:37-44)

May 7: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (Luke 19:1-10) (Confirmation Sunday)

 May 14: Which Table? (Luke 5:27-39)