Breaking Bread & Giving Thanks

Reading the gospel of Luke, you’ll notice that Jesus is constantly ministering at mealtimes. Why is Jesus constantly eating meals with his disciples? Religious leaders? Sinners and tax collectors? All of them at once? Because people love to eat. Because food is good, and the act of eating is pleasurable. What's more—in Jesus’s first-century context—sharing a meal with others was a hospitable and reconciliatory act. When Jesus broke bread and shared his cup with sinners, he was signaling to them, “You and I are okay. You are not my enemy but my friend. We’re at peace.” Finally, the simple act of eating always calls attention to our neediness as well as the goodness of God’s provision both materially (hunger and thirst meeting food and drink) and spiritually (e.g., “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” [John 6:35]). Not surprisingly, Jesus instituted a meal as a “sign and seal” of His saving grace until His return. But it is not simply at the Lord’s Supper that we are reminded of God’s care for sinners. Every time we eat or drink (most especially in the company of others) we have an opportunity to celebrate God's goodness and grace.

And so we did last Sunday when more than a dozen students joined us for a meal. Monthly student dinners have afforded Megan and me an opportunity to meet new students, get to know them better, practice hospitality, share the love of Christ with them, and give God glory and thanks. We thank God for bringing us to His table, and we thank God for bringing these students to ours.

John Meinen, Campus Minister at Vermont
March 27, 2014 • 610-691-0988 • 631 Fourth Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018