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Communion

 

Date: 9th of August

Writer: Cyrus Kung

 

The son of man has come eating and drinking. This is a theme in which we have been following throughout the book of Luke. We have dissected and examined different times in which Jesus and his followers have eaten and accepted the hospitality of the people they crossed paths with. This week we examined the importance of the last meal Jesus has with his disciples. We find this story at the climax of the book and moments before Jesus is arrested and taken to be crucified (Luke 22). This meal is set at the time of the Passover a meal in which Jesus and the disciples would have participated in annually. This gathering would have been quite familiar to the disciples, the atmosphere would have been filled with the story of the exodus and the faithful YAHWEH to his people. As we read the story as it flows in through Luke we must notice that although this is a special occasion the format of eating and drinking together is similar to many of the other stories we have been reading about.

With this scene set we find Jesus giving is famous ‘toast’ to ask the disciples to remember him every time they eat the bread and drink the wine. With these words as a 21st century christian reader we have find an odd synergy in this contrasting statement of Jesus as both the intimate friends and Holy Son of God.

As we hold this statement together I wonder how we as the church may process what is being said in these significant words?

After having shared so many meals with Jesus. What might the disciples have felt in the meal they may have shared after Jesus had been crucified. The contrasting loss of Jesus as friend is finely balanced with the assurance of his resurrection and holiness as the son of God. As we begin to understand how the disciples might have felt eating and drinking after the time of Jesus we may begin to see a contrasting view of Jesus as both intimate friend and holy Son of God.

When we share a meal with others how may we remember Jesus the one whom we know intimately and in Holiness?

Do we have a story to share of a time we met Jesus in a meal together?

Stop, Ponder, Reflect and share with someone this week.

- Cyrus


A Glutton and a Drunkard?

 

Date: 1st-31st of July.

Writer: Cyrus Kung

 

Over the month of July we continued to wrestle with what it means for us as the church to engage in discipleship. The verse we focused on comes from Luke 7:34.

“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’”

All throughout the book of Luke we find Jesus eating, He eats with the poor, the marginalized and the unclean. He find himself sharing intimate meals with those who would have been outcast by society and most certainly the religious leaders of the time. This simple act of sharing a meal caused immense amounts of controversy for Jesus and his disciples. The pharisees and scribes often challenged Jesus and his methods of sharing meals with tax collectors. The story Levi one of the disciples in which Jesus calls to follow him is cultivated and earthed in a meal in which they share together (Luke 5:33). In almost every chapter of Luke we find Jesus reclining at the table with his friends, family and acquaintances he has just met. A meal often precedes or follows a significant event or encounter that Jesus has with people.

An avenue we have been exploring as the church is why Luke decides to hold such a heavy theme of eating and drinking together. Luke goes as far as to describe the critiques of Jesus and His followers and gluttons and drunkards.

If eating and drinking is a theme in which Luke holds strong what does it mean for us today to eat and drink with one another?

Does this type of rebellious community engagement challenge the way we disciple?

What stories can you share about the meals you may have shared with those in your various communities?

Stop, Ponder, Reflect and Share with someone this week.

- Cyrus