Recently, Heather and I stumbled upon Penzeys, a spice company (I know, we lead exciting lives). In our first order were two things that grabbed my attention. The first was a booklet on soul. It included the following quote, “Cooking is an amazing thing. It both protects us against, and heals us from much of what would otherwise leave us broken.” The other thing they included was a bumper sticker that said, “Love People, Cook Them Tasty Food”. We liked this so much that we now have kitchen towels that say it too!
As I reflected on this, I thought that while we can say that cooking brings people together, more often it is the eating that brings people together! That is one of the many reasons why I think celebrating Communion is so important to our faith. When people gather around the table, they are nourished. When people gather around a table together, they are prepared to share with one another. When people gather around the table, they do so, united, with a common purpose. When people gather around the table they talk with one another. Finally, when people gather around a the table nobody goes hungry and everyone has enough to eat.
It should be the same with our faith. When we gather in faith, we should be nourished, prepared to share with each other, united with a common purpose, entering into fellowship with one another, and making sure nobody is in need. I believe that is part of why, at the last supper, Christ took the ordinary and made it holy. In doing so, her reminds us that when we do these things, we remember him and he is present.
The “soul” booklet from Penzeys ends, by saying, “Cooking is fun and tasty, too. Plus it brings added richness to life. Each of these blends continues the ripples of lives lived spend in kitchens and around dinner tables sharing goodness. Each tells a story that, at its heart, is on of kind souls making the effort of combining flavors just right to bring smiles to those they cook for. When you cook, you really are connected to a whole lot of goodness. Do what you can to keep that goodness alive.”
When we gather around the Lord’s table together, we really are connected to the love of God as shown in Jesus Christ. We are fed by that love. That love gives us a common purpose. God’s love calls us into fellowship with one another. We are called to do what we can to share that love.
1 Corinthians 10:17 “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”