“Christianity is a religion that does not have bleachers.”
With a story of Jesus eating with “tax collectors and sinners” (Mark 2:13-17) coupled to the story of the rush from the kitchen to Dad’s deathbed to get the blessing (Genesis 27:1-10), we were challenged to give thought to the centrality of “supper” in our scriptures and in Christian worship. We focused on two themes:
- Who is in charge (given the power) to cook?
- Who is welcome at the table?
The first is a kitchen question. The second is a dining room concern. One room has to do with power; the other with hospitality. For people of “privilege”, barriers that keep people out of power or fellowship can be invisible. For us, we only learn of those barriers by listening to people like “tax collectors and sinners”. Jesus seems to have spent an inordinate amount of time with such folk, much to the dismay of the teachers of the law.
With the metaphors of these two rooms fresh in our mind, we do well to reflect on who has access to those places in our fellowship. With Jesus as “The Bread of Life”, we are all called upon to prepare and serve up the kingdom of heaven such that no one is excluded. “Stewardship” is first and foremost our commitment to taking care of each other. That’s everyone’s ministry.