God invites us to God’s ‘table’. OK, so what does THAT mean?
Think about ‘tables’ for a moment. There are many types. There are the tables we sit at for a party… where everyone is laughing and celebrating. There are the tables we sit at for family gatherings (whoever we count as a our ‘family’)… where everyone feels loved and accepted. There are the tables we sit at for two (under candle light maybe)… where we are intimate with someone we love. The ‘table’ is one place where we have far more positively meaningful encounters than negative ones.
It has been this way for all of human history. It is no surprise that everything from a quaint fairytale to a 21st century diplomatic meeting, a family picnic to a wedding banquet has been framed by the perspective of the ‘table’.
In our Scripture this week the risen Jesus is revealed at the ‘table’ as he performs a similar act that he did at the ‘table’ of his last supper, before he was betrayed to death:
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:30-31)
The ‘table’ has always been a centerpiece to the Christian faith… many of us know it as Holy Communion or, the Eucharist. In it we are called to remember God’s love (like the family table). In it we are called to new life (like the wedding banquet). In it we are called to intimacy with God (like that table for two). In it we are called to remember that Jesus held the last supper (in which the evil of the world and ourselves betrayed Jesus to death) and that Jesus will one day hold a final victory banquet (when new life and new hope and eternity reigns)
We break bread at the table as a witness to our faith… but more importantly, God’s faithfulness.
Join us today at 11am as we break bread during our worship celebration! Waretown/Barnegat Anew 27 Bryant Rd., Waretown. See you there!