For human beings, coming to the table for a meal is about more than simple nourishment. Sociologist and philosophers have long recognized that meals are complex social events that act as tools for building community.
Jesus used meals as a means of disrupting social values and overturning what was considered normal standards of behavior and honor.
Through the gospel stories of Jesus’ table fellowship, we recognize Jesus’ subversive actions to reshape the social and religious construct. Embodied in his table fellowship was a message of equality; of distributive justice (to each as they have need, from each as they have means); and a message of removing false barriers that divide and separate.
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