When our children were teens we found our lives very busy. Bob had choir practice every Tuesday, I had faith formation on Wednesdays, Sean and Mary Catherine had things to do with friends and at school. We found it very difficult to find time for a family meal together—even once during the week! I missed having a time to hear from everyone, to share about our lives, to talk about what was important to us, and to just check in. So we (mostly I) decided every Thursday we would have supper together—even if it had to be at a fast food place to accommodate schedules. Meals played an important role in the society in which Jesus lived just as they do today. They were certainly a source of nourishment, but even more they were an opportunity to share ideas and to build social relationships. The Pharisees in today’s gospel were interested in trying to get to know Jesus in a “social setting.” However, they may have gotten more than they expected. Through a parable, Jesus showed them that being at the top of the social ladder was not what mattered to God. God is more interested in how the poor, the crippled, the homeless, the hungry are treated. These are the ideas and values Jesus shared with his meal partners.
How do you share values with those whom you sit at table? Think of how your family meal times help to strengthen and build bonds between members. What nourishes you because of the company you keep at meal time?
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC