Saturday, 1 June 2013
Sight is blind before God's glory...
Modern TV shows like 'Hell's Kitchen' and 'Kitchen Nightmares' as well as cookery programmes over the years tell us that we like our food. Restaurant guides and critics give us blow-by -blow accounts of the best places to eat and where to get good value. Celebrity chefs who endorse food products will guarantee food sales.
Reading the gospel of St. Luke, we see him setting scenes where Jesus is sharing table with people. Indeed one could say that in Luke's Gospel, people are either going to table, at the table, or leaving the table. Jesus likes to meet people at table to share stories, life, food and drink. It is real table fellowship. Jesus likes to meet all sorts of people and share their hospitality, even the sinners.
In the Gospel of the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) we see Jesus feeding the people with his word and then challenging his disciples to take up the baton. (Luke 9:11-17) "Give them something to eat yourselves." They don't see the bigger picture, all they see is the boy with five loaves and two fish. They need Jesus to provide the impetus for action. He takes the bread, and shares it among them, and the fish. Little by little, everyone has plenty of food to share. Jesus shares himself in abundance.
At the last supper, Jesus breaks the bread and gives it to the disciples, "This is my Body, given up for you." and then with the wine he says; "This is my blood, the blood of the new covenant, poured out for many, do this in memory of me." (Luke 22:19) When we gather together at Mass, Jesus is present - really present in his body and blood. At Mass, Jesus feeds us with his living word, which strengthens us for our lives, and with his body and blood, which sanctifies us.