Food and drink is very part of our celebration. Meal time is a time that the whole family celebrates and shares our daily life stories. Some people use the meal time to reveal their intimate feelings or of great concerns that they have pondered for some time before sharing it. It happens at a meal time probably because it is the time where sacrificial love is cherished or being portrayed. We relax more and also are active listeners. We see business dealing happens at a dinner table. Young people propose to tie the knot over a cup of coffee. In politic many agreements could not reach a solution at formal meetings can be solved at a coffee break. Meal time is a done deal time for many difficult things in life that can't be solved and the formal meeting proves to be a waste of time.
Photographers take many magnificent shots of the way in which each kind of animal has incredible tricks to prey for food. It also shows ways in which they feed their children. Meal time is a time animals demonstrate their love for their children. Pelican takes food from their stomach to feed their chick; a hen catches an earth worm and makes noise calling for her chicks for a feed; a mother bear is on guard for her cubs to have food in peace.
For a family dinner is a time we share not just the food but it is a time to acknowledge the love parents have for their children. This sacrificial love is hidden the first world country children but it is very clear for children from the third world countries. Toward the end of each day the whole family is hungry but must wait in hope for mum or dad returning home with some food. A decent meal or a poor meal all depends on the hard labour of the day. Meal time is also a time to share daily interesting events of the day. Some of the events bring joy to the family; others bring surprises and again others bring deep meaning for life.
Jesus revealed his intimate thoughts to his disciples at a dinner table.
Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me, will betray me Mat 26,23
I shall not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God Lk 22,16
I am now going to the One who sent me Jn 16,5- the first person of God
When the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth Jn 16,13- the third person of God
He will glorify me since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is mine Jn 16,14- all three persons of God: Father, Son and Spirit.
Jesus reveals God's love, his saving acts and his personal concerns for the apostles over the meals. The same principle applied for the family meals. It is a time to share love and sacrifice and real life events. When we come to the Eucharist we thank God for God's goodness; we open our hidden life, our concerns to God and we talk to God about our daily life events.