Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Last Supper

There is some scholarly debate about whether Jesus' institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper has any real historical basis or not. More widely accepted is the idea that Jesus' practice of inclusive table hospitality radically challenged the social norms of his day. In a society deeply divided by honour and shame boundaries, Jesus openly associated with the unclean and marginalised.

I believe that sharing a meal with the poor continues to have a sacramental dimension today. By opening our lives with indiscriminate hospitality, we invite God's presence amongst us in the stranger and the outcast. We are also responding to Jesus call to 'follow me' and perhaps even to 'do this in remembrance of me'...

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