Thursday, June 28, 2012

Linkage: The Meals of Jesus

The people we have around our table at meal time provides a real example of who and what we value.  We typically don't invite just anyone to share a meal with us, rather we eat with people we enjoy being around.  If this is the case then what do the meals of Jesus tell us about who he valued?  In this short essay Mark Moore explores that question.
Human beings are the only animals that eat communally. We decorate our tables, call our families, present the meal with ornamental color, and use specific utensils for various elements of the meal. It looks more like a ceremony than a biological necessity and, in fact, it is. Meals are complex social events that function as tools for building community rather than simple nourishment for the individual. Put simply, meals accomplish specific things in the context of a community.
Continue reading The Meals of Jesus: Table Fellowship in the Gospels...

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