feasting, fasting, food & faith


Earlier this month one of my co-workers brought Rosca de Reyes (the Mexican version of King Cake) to the Pauline book store where I work. The three of us who were there that morning shared a piece before we opened up the day. As I bit into my slice, my tooth glanced off a hard plastic surface. The Mexicans, like the French descendants in New Orleans, hide a small “Christ child” figurine in the loaf. I got the baby, which means that I get to host the next feast day. Fine by me—let the cooking begin!

Oh the many layered connections between food and faith. Whether it is a home cooked meal, a bit of store-bought pastry, or the ritual elements of bread and wine—food is often the setting for faith conversations. Think of all of the Gospel stories about Jesus eating with disciples, the sinners, multiplying loaves and fishes, etc. Even today’s Gospel from Mark centers around fasting, food, and wine.

Sometimes I feel that those of us who work in religious publishing and communications are like chefs who curate a magnificent banquet. At its core this feast is the fruit of God’s gracious abundance. Our Father is the master chef. As each person joins the table, they enter into fellowship with God as well as with everyone else who is there. Both food and faith provide nourishment, occasion celebration, build community, and sustain life.

Let the feasting continue!

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