First Down with Fr. Eric (November 24, 2019)

Dear Friends,

Someone recently told me in a conversation that I always talk about food. I suppose there is enough physical evidence to convict me. Yet the act of eating is such an important part of the human experience.

In the scriptures, eating sealed the covenant with God. Jesus really does eat his way through Galilee, as he participates in such a powerful way of sharing a meal as a Jew in his time. Even the image of a banquet is used to describe what living with God can be like. So if people think I talk a lot about food, it must be because it is in the job description!

This Thursday, our country will be gathered around the table to eat, drink and be invited into communion with others. What unites us is our common gratitude for all of life’s blessings. Friends of God would say it is God who provides for us what we need. Our most human response is to say thank you to God for every blessing, and we do that at table.

The Catholic Community gathers always around the table to share in the sacred meal. Jesus becomes for us, food for our long journey.
As your table is used this Thanksgiving, remember that God uses the image of eating and drinking to reveal his care and love for us. This

Thursday, I invite all of us to do as God does.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric