One thing about Jesus that we can be sure of is that he loved to eat. But for him, it was never about the food. Dinner with Jesus always had a larger purpose. Luke's gospel recounts several instances in which Jesus shared a meal with others, and each story reveals something to us about Jesus, the life of discipleship, and the kingdom of God.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
A meal with a bunch of undesirable people proves the perfect opportunity for Jesus to point out to his critics the dangers of allowing our religious imaginations to get stuck.
Sunday, September 15, 2019
A Pharisee invites Jesus to dinner, but soon comes to regret it. To invite Jesus into our lives is to invite surprise and trouble, so if we're going to invite him in, we had better understand what it is we're asking for.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Nothing is easier in life than taking a wrong turn. And nothing is harder than admitting that we have been traveling great distances in the wrong direction. Jesus challenges us to take stock of where—and who—we are and to be willing to turn around and find our way back to faithfulness.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Jesus accompanies a group of Pharisees for dinner and causes all kinds of trouble, undercutting many of the most basic assumptions that help us find comfort and order in life.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Jesus has a special, final dinner with his disciples, and in so doing introduces what is both Christianity's most central and most controversial ritual: Communion.
Food for Thought
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Jesus meets two travelers along the road to Emmaus, but, in their disappointment after Jesus’ death, they fail to recognize their risen Lord. When our expectations fail us, we can so easily be blinded to God’s work in our lives and in the world.