Family meals can be successful, happy or disastrous, depending on the food and drink, who is present, what the mood is like and how the conversation is guided. “Have you ever considered setting a place for Jesus at the dinner table? That might seem silly but it can be a visible sign of an invisible reality. “Like a sacrament you mean?” shouted Stuart, always a bright spark. “In Luke’s gospel there are up to 16 stories of how Jesus ate with anyone, formally and sometimes in large groups. But also in twos and threes & anywhere & everywhere – even with people who hated him! At such meals he acted as a “Wisdom Figure, providing food for thought along with food for the body.
One Sabbath Jesus went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees and they were watching him. Luke 14:1-6 .
Pope Francis A family’s living space could turn into a domestic church, a setting for the Eucharist, the presence of Christ seated at its table. AL 15