The sacredness of a meal

Date: Friday, September 28

Scripture: Acts 2:42-47

Verse: “Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:46)

There is an old sermon story about a teacher who asked her students to bring in objects that communicated the faith of their family for a special show and tell. On the appointed day, one boy stood before the class and said, “I am a Catholic and this is a rosary. The rosary helps us say our prayers each day.” A girl stood up next and said, “My family is Jewish and I brought a menorah. We use the menorah at Hanukkah to remind us that God provides for our needs. The third student came to the front and said, “I’m a Methodist, and this is a casserole dish.” Typically, we Methodists are known for two things – singing and church suppers. One of my first places of service was running the dishwasher after the church suppers in the church of my youth.

In the book of Acts we learn that meals together are part of the DNA of the church. The early church though, was not getting together occasionally for special meals. Their life together included sharing meals.

I find it odd that eating together is part of this description of the activity of the early church. It seems a rather mundane mention alongside talk of miracles, the sacrament, holding everything in common, caring for the poor, going to temple, praying together, and praising God. For the early church, these meals must have been a significant part of their worship.

Gathering around the table with family and friends is sacred time of connection. May we worship God as we eat together.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may the meals I share today with family and friends, be times of worship. Amen.

Action: Plan a special meal to be enjoyed this weekend with family and friends. Think of those you could invite to fellowship with you this way.


About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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