Resurrection Meals

When I was cook in a large community, I used to think Easter was all about eating. After the Lenten fast, the explosion of festive meals, profession anniversaries and so on taxed the culinary imagination as well as the store cupboard. Scripturally, of course, it was spot on. A feast is precisely that: a feast.

Many of the Resurrection appearances of Jesus feature eating and drinking, but I think they introduce a new note. It is not merely a matter of rejoicing but more fundamentally of recognizing who Jesus is. Take the barbecue on the beach we recall today (John 21). Peter seems to have been disconcerted by the sight of Jesus on the seashore and jumped into the water to escape him; the other disciples were confused; but eating and drinking with Jesus changed everything. For Peter, strengthened in faith, given a mission and enabled to make good his earlier cowardice with a threefold profession of love, it was a moment of conversion. He saw the Lord and knew him as if for the first time.

I wonder whether our own meals have anything of this conversion quality about them. We are good at celebrating, we make a conscious effort to ‘rejoice in the Lord’ and share with the stranger, but do we expect to encounter the Risen Christ at them? On Twitter this morning I suggested we should each try to share a meal with someone today, even if it is only a shared cup of coffee. For those living alone or constrained by lack of funds, the sharing may have to be in intention rather than actual, but I cannot help recalling that line which assures us we may entertain angels unawares. How much more so the Son of God!

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2 thoughts on “Resurrection Meals”

  1. As it happens, I’ve written a novel entitled Entertaining Angels which, as yet, has not been edited. (I flirted with a different title for a while – in the interests of marketability – but decided to stick with the original because it best bears out the motif of the story.) Put succinctly, it’s about a perceived ‘black sheep’ who turns out to be a true peacemaker and channel of grace.

    I mention this because, in these frantic times, where family members have different agendas, it is good to try to eat together as often as possible and to give God thanks for the food, however simple, and mutual support which this engenders. I’d even go as far as to say that this is the foundation of a stable society and brings healthy values into focus. It also grounds and confirms the individual, a reference point for whatever lies in his/her path.

    The Last Supper and Institution of the Eucharist is a profound metaphor and not to be reserved solely for church and ‘hoping for the best’ thereafter. We can try to enact it every day. It has the power to change circumstances for the better.

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  2. I like Rosy, i do like the idea of Eucharist in every day life. Miriam Therese Winter calls it ‘eucharist with a little ‘e’…
    Seeing Christ in others is also another grace…
    Thank you for this blog which food for my soul.

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