Thursday, May 11, 2017

Come to the Table: Inviting the Stranger (Jesus) to Dinner

"May the image of God in me, greet the image of God in you."  I heard these words earlier in the week and they have stayed with me. Paul says that the mystery that has been hidden for ages is now revealed among the saints. The answer is in three words. One would think that the great answer to the mystery of all humanity might be more complex. Maybe we would like it to be, but it is simple. Paul says it is "Christ in you." That's it. 

On the road to Emmaus a stranger walked with two men. Two men whose minds were confused about all the events that surrounded the death of Jesus. As they walked a stranger drew near and walked with them. This stranger spoke truth into the midst of their confusion. Offering a different perspective. And once they arrived in Emmaus they invited this stranger to come and eat with them. The moment this stranger took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it.... the scripture says their eyes were opened. 

It all came together. 

Right there at the table. The answer to all of their confusion wasn't found in a book somewhere but in a stranger that joined them on the journey. 

I have been challenging us to eat with those that we don't normally eat with. It seems that it is in these sacred moments of eating together that God reveals himself to us through our neighbor. There is something about the "image of God in me, greeting the image of God in you" that is beautiful. It is in these simple expressions of feasting together that we see God. If we truly want more of Jesus... go feast with the stranger among you...