Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Guest and host

From Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine Pohl:
The story of Jesus' post-resurrection encounter with two disciples on the road to Emmaus reinforces the promise of Jesus' presence in shared meals. Jesus comes to them as a stranger (they do not recognize him), but they welcome him as a guest, and in breaking bread together, Jesus becomes their host. In this moment of table fellowship they recognize him as their risen Lord. Jesus is known to them in the breaking of the bread--an anticipation of the Eucharist and a foretaste of the final Kingdom banquet (31).

Probably the most meaningful experience I had as an RA last year was making an effort to have one-on-one meals with each of the guys on my floor. There really is something mystical about sharing food with somebody. That's probably why we figure the first thing we should do when we meet a pretty girl is to buy her dinner.

Because of my work schedule over the last two weeks, I've only had a couple of meals in the school cafeteria. For some, that might sound like a blessing. But honestly, I'm missing the time sharing food with friends.

posted by Peter at 3:09 PM
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